Charlie Tolar, early American Football League (AFL) star, was born on September 5, 1937 in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He attended Northwestern State University of Louisiana, and was twice named Gulf States Conference MVP. One of the most popular figures in the early days of the AFL, the 5-6, 210-pounder had dozens of nicknames, including "The Human Bowling Ball", and was named to AFL All-Star teams in 1961, 1962 and 1963. Tolar helped the Houston Oilers win the first American Football League championship in 1960 and repeat in 1961. The team finished as runners-up in 1962, when he was the team's Offensive MVP with 1,012 yards and a league record 244 carries. After his football career ended, he worked for Red Adair as an oil well fire-fighter. He was named to the Oilers' 30th Anniversary Dream Team chosen by fans in 1989, and was among the top ten all-time rushers in the history of the AFL. Tolar died in Houston on April 28, 2003, following a bout with cancer.