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Steve Worster

Steve Worster
Date of birth: 1949 (age 63-64)
Place of birth: Rawlins, Wyoming
Career information
Position(s): FB
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 210 lb (95 kg)
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 4 / Pick 90
As player:
1971 Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Steve Worster (born 1949 in Rawlins, Wyoming) is a former American football player. Following an outstanding prep career, he played fullback at the University of Texas under legendary coach Darrell Royal. Worster was one of the original participants in the wishbone formation.

High school career

Steve Worster was born in Wyoming, but his parents settled in Orange County, Texas when he was a young boy. Worster attended Bridge City High School in Bridge City, Texas, where he played catcher on the baseball team and fullback on the football team. He was All-District for four years, All-State for three years, and accumulated 5,422 yards during his high school career, including 38 100-yard games, which is second in Texas prep history behind Robert Strait's 41 (Ken Hall and Billy Sims also had 38 100-yard games). Worster led the Bridge City Cardinals to a 13-1 season and the Class 3-A state football championship in 1966, running for 2,210 yards and being named a High-School All-American.

After his graduation, Bridge City High School retired his jersey. He was later inducted into the Texas High School Hall of Fame.

College career

Worster was heavily recruited to play football for several schools. He chose to accept a scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin, where he would play under legendary coach Darrell K. Royal. He was the cornerstone of Royal's famed wishbone formation, which was introduced against the University of Houston in 1968. Texas Longhorn fans nicknamed Worster “Big Woo”.

During his years at UT, Worster rushed for 2,353 yards and scored 36 touchdowns. His teams earned 3 Southwest Conference titles, and back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 1969 and 1970. Worster was featured on the cover of Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine in 1970, and finished 4th in the Heisman Trophy voting for the 1970 season. He was a two-time All-American (1969 and 1970) and three-time All-Southwest Conference selection, and was voted 1970 Texas Amateur Athlete of the Year by Texas Sports Writers Association. Worster has also been inducted into the Texas Longhorn Hall of Fame and the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.


Although Steve Worster was chosen by the Los Angeles Rams as the 12th pick in the fourth round of the 1971 NFL draft (the Rams' fourth pick overall), he did not play in the NFL. Worster did spend one year (1971) in the Canadian Football League, playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, before pursuing a career in Sales.

Worster has two grown children, Scott and Erin Worster. Steve has his two grandchildren with Scott's son Evan and daughter Morgan.

External links

  • Museum of the Gulf Coast Steve Worster Biography
  • Wishbone Offense
  • University of Texas Athletics Steve Worster Biography
  • Mack Brown's Texas Football Interview with Steve Worster

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