Tommy Nobis achieved success at every level of football. At Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, Nobis earned All-State honors. He continued his success at the University of Texas, where he earned honors as a linebacker and an offensive guard. He was an All-American twice and a consensus selection in 1965. He was also the only sophomore starter on the Longhorns' 1963 national championship team that defeated Navy in the 1964 Cotton Bowl Classic. The next year he helped Texas upset No. 1 Alabama in the Orange Bowl. As a senior, Nobis won the Outland Award and Maxwell Trophy. He later played with the Atlanta Falcons and was selected Rookie of the Year by the NFL coaches and the Pro Football Writers Association. He enjoyed a successful 10-year career in Atlanta and was named to the NFL All-1960's team and Football News' All-Time All-America team. Nobis was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.