Texas Legend Steve ‘Big Woo’ Worster Dies at 73

Texas Legend Steve ‘Big Woo’ Worster Dies at 73
The Texas Longhorns helmet logo during the Big 12 Media Day at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on July 14, 2022. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports via Field Level Media)
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Texas Longhorns legendary fullback Steve Worster, a two-time first-team All-American, has died. He was 73.

According to the school, Worster died Saturday. Media outlets said he had been experiencing health issues.

Worster, known as “Big Woo,” thrived in Texas’ wishbone offense that revolved around three running backs and the quarterback. The bruising back helped the Longhorns win national titles in both 1969 and 1970.

Worster finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1970 when he established career highs of 898 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. He earned consensus first-team All-American honors that season.

Worster rushed for 2,353 yards and 36 touchdowns in his three seasons. His touchdown count currently ranks tied for fifth in school history while his rushing yardage is 16th.

He averaged 5.1 yards per carry over his career, topped by a 5.6 mark in 1970. He is a member of the Texas Athletics Hall of Honor.

Texas went 30–2–1 in Worster’s three campaigns, including a school-record 30-game winning streak that was halted with a 24–11 loss to Joe Theismann-led Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 1, 1971.

The Longhorns were consensus national champions in 1969 and UPI national champions in 1970.

Worster was a second-team All-American in 1969 when he rushed for 649 yards and nine touchdowns. In 1968, as a sophomore, he rushed for 806 yards and 13 scores.

Worster was a fourth-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1971 but never played for the team. He briefly played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League before retiring.