Two-time All-American fullback and two-time nationwide champion Steve Worster, who served because the bedrock and inspiration for head coach Darrell Royal’s wishbone offense on the College of Texas, died Saturday on the age of 73.
Worster’s alma mater announced his passing Sunday.
“Steve was the hardest soccer participant I’ve ever seen,” Longhorn teammate and Faculty Soccer Corridor of Fame offensive lineman Bob McKay stated. “He hit or was hit on each down and by no means backed down or slowed up.”
Worster amassed 2,353 yards and 36 touchdowns throughout his collegiate profession. His Texas groups additionally gained three Southwest Convention titles. Worster had 898 speeding yards and 14 touchdowns in 1970, when he completed fourth within the Heisman Trophy race.
The bruising fullback affectionally often called “Woo Woo” arguably had his finest recreation on the 1970 Cotton Bowl, when he amassed 155 yards in a 21-17 win over Notre Dame.
The wishbone led to large success thanks partially to Worster, who acquired a lot reward from Royal in a 1969 Sports activities Illustrated piece, as relayed by ESPN’s Dave Wilson.
“Within the formation, there have been three working backs with Worster, the fullback, lined up instantly behind the quarterback,” Wilson wrote.
“Two working backs had been positioned farther again, on both facet of the fullback, in a Y, or wishbone form. Royal acknowledged Worster’s talents when Duffy Daugherty, the Michigan State coach, known as to ask for tips on the brand new scheme.”
“You do not need my offense,” Royal stated.
“You need my fullback, and he is bought two extra years with me… He is the sort of child who simply goes out and causes wrecks, straightens his headgear and walks again to the huddle quietly.”
Texas ended up going 30-2-1 in Worster’s three seasons. The 1969 group notably went 11-0 and took down No. 2 Arkansas 15-14 within the “Recreation of the Century.”
Previous to his Longhorn tenure, Worster starred at Bridge Metropolis Excessive Faculty in Texas. He was named a highschool All-American en path to gaining 2,210 speeding yards for the 1966 Class 3-A state soccer champions.
“There’s by no means been a extra celebrated highschool athlete that produced to the extent of his highschool hype,” teammate and fellow Texas Athletics Corridor of Honor member Invoice Zapalac stated, per Wilson.
The Los Angeles Rams chosen Worster within the fourth spherical of the 1971 NFL draft. He ultimately performed one yr as an expert for the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats in that very same yr. Per Wilson, Worster stated he had misplaced curiosity in soccer and easily wished to make a superb residing and lift a household.
Following his loss of life, he additionally acquired reward for who he was off the sector, together with this notice from sportswriter Ken Rodriguez.
Ken Rodriguez @krodwriter
Steve Worster was my first sports activities hero interview. Cheered him on my black and white TV as an elementary college child, then bought to interview him as a reporter for @thedailytexan within the fall of 1980. Gracious. Sort. He didn’t disappoint. #Grateful https://t.co/tVW2o4GmYZ
Worster is survived by a son and daughter.