Butch Woolfolk

Football Running Back
Born Mar 1, 1960

Harold E. "Butch" Woolfolk is a former American football running back and kick returner who played in college for the University of Michigan (1978–1981) and in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants (1982–1984), Houston Oilers (1985–1986) and Detroit Lions (1987–1988). Woolfolk attended Westfield Senior High School in Westfield, New Jersey.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Butch Woolfolk.


1960 Birth Born on March 1, 1960.


1976 16 Years Old Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Woolfolk attended Eastridge High School in Kankakee, Illinois in the 1976 - 1977 school year. … Read More
1977 17 Years Old In 1977, Woolfolk was first-team All-State in American football and set Westfield High School season records with 1,637 yards rushing, 34 touchdowns and 206 points. … Read More
1978 18 Years Old He also ran the fastest boy's high school times in the nation in 1978.
…  As a sophomore in 1979, he was the Big Ten Conference scoring champion, and he went on to become a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection. … Read More


1980 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Woolfolk also excelled in track. He was named an All-American in 1980 and won nine Big Ten track and field championships both as an individual and relay race team member. … Read More
He was also selected in 1981 as the Most Valuable Player of both the Rose Bowl played January 1, 1981, and the Bluebonnet Bowl played December 31, 1981, as well as the Wolverines' team MVP for the season.
Woolfolk told the AP in 1982 of receiving offers of representation from some 50 agents while he was still in college. … Read More
1983 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, Bill Parcells' first year as head coach, Woolfolk gained 1,225 yards from scrimmage for the Giants (857 yards rushing and 368 yards receiving) -- more yards than any Giants running back in the previous ten years.
1984 24 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, Woolfolk was relegated to back-up status as Joe Morris took over the starting job at tailback midway through the season.
In March 1985, the Giants traded Woolfolk to the Oilers. … Read More
1986 26 Years Old In 1986, he switched from tailback to fullback, but he only played in 10 games due to a fractured and dislocated shoulder in the second half of the season. … Read More
1987 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Woolfolk was released by the Oilers at the beginning of training camp in 1987 and signed with the Lions.


1992 32 Years Old In 1992, as co-owner of New Choice Builders, Woolfolk began building affordable single-family housing in Houston's revitalized communities.
1994 34 Years Old In 1994, Woolfolk worked with Home Ownership Partners, Inc., to build affordable housing for residents of Fort Bend County, Texas, a suburban county outside of Houston. … Read More
1995 35 Years Old Starting in approximately 1995, Woolfolk worked for Intrepid Holdings, Inc. in Houston. … Read More


Through the 2007 season his 1980 outdoor 200 meter time of 20.59 seconds remains the all-time University of Michigan record.
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