He earned 8 varsity letters during his athletic career…3 in football, 3 in basketball, and 2 in track and field.  Mr. Matyas was the anchor of three straight undefeated JC Football teams from 1948-1950.  He was a 2nd team All-Conference selection in 1948, an all-conference selection in 1949 and 1950, and an all-state selection in 1949.  Ed’s 1949 football team was one of the most impressive teams in school history.  They outscored their opponents by a combined score of 223-40.  His talents on the gridiron earned Ed a football scholarship to Tampa University where he played on football team in 1951.  Mr. Matyas’ football career was interrupted in 1952 as he served our country for two years in the army during the Korean War.  Ed returned to the area after the war and played basketball for two years at Broome Tech where he was the team captain in 1955.  He has given back to this community in many ways since his days as a student-athlete at JCHS.  Ed was a coach for the Johnson City Pee Wee football program in its early years of existence, and he was a local high school football official for 8 years.  Ed has also served as co-chairman of the Johnson City ’50 year club’…an organization of members who have graduated at least 50 years ago from Johnson City and who are dedicated to helping  the community they love.  The Johnson City Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to have Edward Matyas, class of 1950, as one of its members.


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