ESPN has reported that innovative college football legend Steve Worster passed away on Saturday at the age of 73.
The network stated that Worster began playing for the University of Texas Longhorns as a fullback in 1967 after running more than 5,000 career yards at Bridge City High School.
Wooster first made a name for himself in high school
ESPN noted how Worster played a critical role alongside fellow Longhorns Ted Koy and Chris Gilbert in developing a play known as “the wishbone.”
The network also recalled how Longhorns coach Darrell Royal praised Worster’s ability during a 1969 interview with Sports Illustrated.
Royal said he was once asked for pointers by Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty and replied, “You don’t want my offense. You want my fullback, and he’s got two more years with me.”
He went on to describe Worster as being “the kind of kid who just goes out and causes wrecks, straightens his headgear and walks back to the huddle quietly.”
ESPN recounted how Worster lost interest in football after graduation. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round and played a single professional season in Canada.
Steve Worster was my first sports hero interview. Cheered him on my black and white TV as an elementary school kid, then got to interview him as a reporter for @thedailytexan in the fall of 1980. Gracious. Kind. He did not disappoint. #Grateful https://t.co/tVW2o4GmYZ
— Ken Rodriguez (@krodwriter) August 14, 2022
Wooster remembered as “the best that ever was in his time”
For its part, Texas University released a statement this weekend regarding Wooster’s death that including quotes from those who knew him.
Former Longhorn teammate and College Football Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bob McKay declared that Wooster “was the toughest football player I have ever seen,” adding, “He hit or was hit on every down and never backed down or slowed up.”
Former Longhorn sports information director and Hall of Fame member Bill Little spoke positively of Wooster as well.
“Long before the buzz phrase ‘GOAT’ became a moniker for the ‘Greatest of All Time,’ there was Steve Worster,” Little said. “He was arguably the best that ever was in his time.”