Known as the A-Bomber, or simply Texas, he performed from 1950-1976.
He attended the University of Iowa, where he finished third in at the 1948 NCAA Wrestling Championships.
Following his wrestling career, he became president of the National Wrestling Association from 1978-1987.
He married Vera Geigel in his early 20s, they had three daughters together.
While president of the NWA he was a strong supporter of Harley Race.