Steve Worster

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Steve Worster
Date of birth 1949 (age 63-64)
Place of birth Rawlins, Wyoming
Career information
Position(s) FB
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg)
College Texas
NFL draft 1971 / Round: 4 / Pick 90
Career history
As player
1971 Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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

High school career[edit]

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[edit]

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 played under coach Darrell Royal. He was the cornerstone of Royal's famed wishbone formation, which was introduced against the Houston Cougars in 1968. Texas Longhorn fans nicknamed Worster "Big Woo".

During his years at Texas, Worster rushed for 2,353 yards and scored 36 touchdowns. His teams won three Southwest Conference titles and two national championships. Worster was featured on the cover of Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine in 1970 and finished fourth 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.

Professional career[edit]

Although 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 National Football League (NFL). Worster spent one year (1971) in the Canadian Football League (CFL), playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, before pursuing a career in sales.


Worster has two grown children, Scott and Erin. He has four grandchildren: Scott's son, Evan, and daughter, Morgan. Erin's sons Noah, and Lukas.