Butch Woolfolk
American football running back
Butch Woolfolk
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.
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New York radio host rips Texans star J.J. Watt
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
Texans star pass rusher J.J. Watt gets plenty of love from the media, but we’ve found at least one person who isn’t a huge fan. Mike Francesa, who is a well-known New York sports radio host, spent more than five minutes on his radio show ripping Watt and the Texans for having him take a direct snap on offense near the goal line during the team’s 30-0 playoff loss to the Chiefs on Saturday. With the Texans near the Chiefs’ end zone and trailing 13-0, Bill O’Brien put Watt and Vince Wilfork on offense with Watt taking a direct snap and trying to follow the blocking of Wilfork. Watt was tackled for a loss, and then Brian Hoyer was intercepted on the next play. Francesa works himself up into a lather about Watt playing offense, but then he attacks Watt as an overall player, saying, “Watt didn’t even make a play in that game. All he did was fall down four or five times. Please. I’m so sick of hearing about Watt. It’s ridiculous. His team never wins anything.” Watt recently was name ...
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Batterson's Big Ten breakdown: Michigan - Quad City Times
Google News - over 5 years
The son of former Michigan all-American running back Butch Woolfolk, Troy Woolfolk had 46 stops in 12 starts in 2009 as a junior. CB Blake Countess. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound US Army all-American from Olney, Md., has the skill and ability to make an
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Woolfolk returns from devastating injury - FS Detroit
Google News - over 5 years
But Woolfolk, son of former Wolverines running back Butch Woolfolk, is back again and, he insists, better than ever. "I'm faster, no doubt," said Woolfolk, a fifth-year senior after being redshirted last season. "I paid more attention to the mechanics
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work in progress - FS Detroit
Google News - over 5 years
Woolfolk, the son of former UM running back Butch Woolfolk, is a fifth-year senior whose experience could be invaluable on the porous back end. Woolfolk missed all of spring practice, too, so there are many questions that need to be answered over the
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Perseverance saves Troy Woolfolk's Wolverines career - The Detroit News
Google News - over 5 years
Butch Woolfolk knew from experience what his son would endure. While Butch was never seriously injured during his Michigan career, he played eight years in the NFL but because of injuries finished only four seasons. In the third game of the 1988 season
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Michigan Football: The 7 Best Defensive Players - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Instead, the son of former Michigan running back Butch Woolfolk, suffered a season-ending ankle and fibula injury last August. The defense was forced to start JT Floyd along with converted wide receiver James Rogers. Floyd missed the last five games
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Troy Woolfolk ready to put injuries behind him for senior season - AnnArbor.com
Google News - over 5 years
Woolfolk's father, former Michigan running back Butch Woolfolk, stressed to his son the importance of film study and putting in the extra work away from the practice field. But it wasn't until his injury that Troy Woolfolk truly became a student of the
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Michigan cornerback Troy Woolfolk and his teammates help out Humane Society of ... - AnnArbor.com
Google News - over 5 years
Woolfolk's father, former all-time Michigan leading rusher Butch Woolfolk, flew in from Texas for the event as well. “One of the main questions I got was, 'Do I gotta wear one of them apron things?'” Woolfolk said. “They're kind of excited to be
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Redskins Championships: 1982 Game 7 vs. New York - Washington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
But New York's third interception set up a one-yard score by Butch Woolfolk with 14 seconds left in the first half to stretch the lead to 14-3. ”I told them at the half that we were fortunate not to be further behind,” said Redskin Coach Joe Gibbs
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Brief Memories of "Old" Foley Field - Patch.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Bloomfield lost the game, 21-12, and Barringer eventually fell to eventual state champion, Butch Woolfolk and Westfield, 33-12, in the state championship at Giants Stadium. There was that day almost (I assume) 10000 fans crammed into the then 43
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NFL: Patriots draft value, not need - Kennebec Journal
Google News - almost 6 years
Another time, they drafted Joe Morris out of Syracuse after they had already selected a running back, Butch Woolfolk. Well, Morris became the star. Another instance of not drafting by position. "It's great to say, 'OK, we needed this position,
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Michigan Football: 10 Former Running Backs Who Could Easily Play Today - Bleacher Report
Google News - almost 6 years
Anthony Thomas, Butch Woolfolk , Tyrone Wheatley and of course Tim Biakabutuka to name just a few. Any of these, in their prime, could probably step in and win a starting job. Let's take a quick look at a few of the past stars. The statistics speak for
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick defends OT Nate Solder as best player available - Boston Herald (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Another example of that was when we took Butch Woolfolk and then followed that up with Joe Morris. And that was another 'stupid pick' of 'why take Joe Morris when you had already taken a running back? What are you going to do – get two balls out there
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Bo Schembechler, 77, Dies; Revived Michigan Football
NYTimes - over 10 years
Bo Schembechler, who took the University of Michigan to 13 Big Ten championships and a host of bowl appearances in becoming one of college football's most renowned coaches, died yesterday after collapsing while preparing to tape a television show. He was 77. His death was announced by the university. The cause was congestive heart failure, said Dr.
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Out of the Locker Room, and the Closet
NYTimes - about 13 years
THE night before the pinnacle of his National Football League career, Roy Simmons was already a wreck. Among the posse of some 20 family members and friends he had invited to Tampa to watch him play in the 1984 Super Bowl were his three current lovers -- two women and one man. They were all staying at the same hotel, and each required attention
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PRO FOOTBALL: EXTRA POINTS; Offensive Explosion
NYTimes - about 17 years
The Giants' 490 offensive yards were the most for the team since 1985 when the Giants had 496 yards against the Cleveland Browns. Joe Montgomery's 38 rushing carries is a team record for a rookie and the third highest rushing attempt total in Giants history. Harry Newman in 1934 also had 38 carries in a game. The team record is held by Butch
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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL; Top 2 in New Jersey Catholic Final
NYTimes - about 18 years
Although perhaps 10 miles separate the New Jersey high schools, Bergen Catholic of Oradell and St. Joseph of Montvale have always competed against each other for student-athletes and victories. Bergen Catholic, founded in 1955, and St. Joseph, begun in 1962, have played each other in football 28 times since 1965. Bergen Catholic has a 20-8
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Sports of The Times; In Westfield, Fans Hope For a Miracle
NYTimes - over 19 years
ON the corner of Central Avenue and East Broad, in the heart of the last place that still believes in a quarterback named Dave Brown, Officer Gregory Hobson ushered a young mother across the street, then wished upon an offensive line that could do likewise for a hometown kid desperate for traffic control. ''If you saw the game, you know the problem
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Giants Look in Mirror, And They See Eagles
NYTimes - over 19 years
When the Philadelphia Eagles and the Giants met last October, the Giants never ran a play inside the Eagles' 20-yard line, and quarterback Dave Brown was sacked eight times. When the teams played again later that season, the Giants did not score, their quarterbacks were sacked five times and the Giants' offense completed just 7 passes for 37 yards.
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Timeline
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    FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 46
    Woolfolk and his wife, Regina, have two sons, Jarrel and Troy Woolfolk. Their son Troy Woolfolk was a defensive back at Michigan from 2007 to 2011.
    More Details Hide Details When his son was issued a Michigan jersey with the Woolfolk name on the back, Butch Woolfolk said: "It's a big day, no doubt. I'm proud of him and excited for him. But the biggest thing for me is, I know he's at a place where I don't have to worry about him." Career 100-Yard Games N.B.: Home team is in bold.
    In June 2007, Forward Edge, Inc. announced that Woolfolk had joined the company as its new business developer.
    More Details Hide Details The company stated at the time that Woolfolk would help the company's development and implementation of steroid testing for Texas high school athletes. At the time, Woolfolk said: "There's a lot more to this than just passing a law. Kids are using steroids and they are doing so at dangerous levels.... I've been there. I've watched it. Once you've watched it, you have more of a commitment to get the kids off of the steroids. It's not just a business for me. It's a passion of mine." Woolfolk remains active in the Houston football community as a Houston Texans ambassador. Various ambassadors sign autographs at locations throughout Reliant Stadium during games.
    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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  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 34
    Starting in approximately 1995, Woolfolk worked for Intrepid Holdings, Inc. in Houston.
    More Details Hide Details At Intrepid, he developed residential lots for several large builders including US Home, Gateway Homes, Texas Colonial, and KB Home.
  • 1994
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Woolfolk procured the largest HUD grant given at that time by Fort Bend County for affordable housing assistance.
  • 1992
    Age 31
    In 1992, as co-owner of New Choice Builders, Woolfolk began building affordable single-family housing in Houston's revitalized communities.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 27
    Woolfolk appeared in only three games for the Lions in 1988 and was limited to four yards rushing, four yards receiving and 99 yards on four kick returns.
    More Details Hide Details He injured his knee in the season's third game, was out for the season, and did not make it back into an NFL lineup after the injury. Woolfolk worked for over 20 years in various real estate ventures. His real estate experience began in 1985 as an independent owner and operator of rental properties in Houston, while he was still playing for the Oilers.
  • 1987
    Age 26
    Woolfolk appeared in 12 games for the 1987 Lions and contributed 549 yards of total offense–248 yards receiving, 219 yards on kick returns, and 82 yards rushing.
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    Woolfolk was released by the Oilers at the beginning of training camp in 1987 and signed with the Lions.
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  • 1986
    Age 25
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Oilers drafted Alonzo Highsmith with the third selection overall in the 1987 NFL Draft after trading up in the draft because their top three running backs Rozier, Ray Wallace and Woolfolk had finished the season on injured reserve. At Houston, Woolfolk was reunited with former Michigan teammate Stan Edwards. The sons of both Woolfolk and Edwards (Braylon Edwards) would later follow in their fathers' footsteps by playing at Michigan.
  • 1985
    Age 24
    With the Oilers, Mike Rozier was the leading rusher and Drew Hill was the leading receiver, but Woolfolk led the team's running backs in receiving yards in both 1985 and 1986.
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    Playing for the Oilers during the 1985 NFL season, Woolfolk was fifth in the conference with 80 receptions for 814 yards.
    More Details Hide Details He also rushed for 392 yards and had 1,206 yards from scrimmage. Woolfolk played three more seasons in the NFL with the Oilers and Lions from 1986–88 but rushed for fewer than 100 yards in each of those years.
    In March 1985, the Giants traded Woolfolk to the Oilers.
    More Details Hide Details In reporting on the trade, The New York Times said: "The mystery of Butch Woolfolk, who in his three seasons with the Giants went from star running back to benchwarmer may be solved next fall, but not with Giants." Woolfolk said at the time he was "not bitter" about the trade, and Coach Bill Parcells said: "Maybe a new place will be good for Butch. I don't think he was satisfied with what transpired last year."
  • 1984
    Age 23
    The 1984 Giants made the playoffs, but Woolfolk did not touch the ball.
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    In 1984, Woolfolk was relegated to back-up status as Joe Morris took over the starting job at tailback midway through the season.
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  • 1983
    Age 22
    He also set the NFL record for most rushing attempts in a game with 43 carries (for 159 yards) on November 20, 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Woolfolk gained 115 yards on 26 carries in the first half alone and said after the game: "I'm not as tired as I thought I would be when somebody told me how many carries I had." Ironically, Woolfolk's 43-carry record was broken in 1988 by Jamie Morris, the same player who also broke Woolfolk's career rushing record at the University of Michigan.
    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 21
    In a December 1982 game against the Oilers, Woolfolk scored his first two NFL touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, to help the Giants win, 17 - 14.
    More Details Hide Details With the Giants trailing and less than two minutes remaining in the game, Woolfolk scored on a 40 - yard gain after making a leaping, one-handed catch. The next day, The New York Times published an article headlined, "The Catch By Woolfolk." The article concluded that with Woolfolk and Rob Carpenter, the Giants "have their best backfield combination since the glory years of Frank Gifford and Alex Webster a quarter of a century ago." Over the course of the season his 1,091 all-purpose yards was third to only James Brooks (1,383) and Marcus Allen (1,098).
    In 1982, Woolfolk was named the NFC's Offensive Rookie of the Year, after appearing in all nine games of the strike-shortened NFL season, in which he rushed for 439 yards, caught 23 passes for 224 yards, and scored four touchdowns.
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    Woolfolk was drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details Woolfolk, who had graduated from high school in New Jersey and was a Giants fan, recalled watching the draft at his apartment in Ann Arbor: "When there were only four or five choices left before the Giants picked, I was hoping I'd last."
    Woolfolk told the AP in 1982 of receiving offers of representation from some 50 agents while he was still in college.
    More Details Hide Details Woolfolk noted that he was offered under-the-table payments by agents while he was still in school, as well as cars, and even a job for his stepfather, William Johnson, a Newark dockworker. Woolfolk turned down those offers and signed with Jerry Argovitz.
  • 1981
    Age 20
    The 4 × 100 meter relay team won the Big Ten Conference championships in 1981 and 1982, and their 1980 and 1982 times of 3:06.95 and 3:07.34 with Woolfolk running second and Bruce running anchor are the 2nd and 3rd fastest times in Michigan team history.
    More Details Hide Details The 1980 relay time continues to be a Ferry Field stadium record. Bruce and Woolfolk also are members of the Michigan team sprint medley record holding team (1982, 3:17.84). Woolfolk played three years in the NFL for the New York Giants (1982 - 1984), two years with the Houston Oilers (1985 - 1987), and two years with the Detroit Lions (1987 - 1988). He was a versatile player who accumulated nearly 5,000 all-purpose yards and had seven 100-yard games, five as a receiver out of the backfield and two as a rusher. Three of his 100-yard games came as a Giant and four as an Oiler.
    By the 1981 season, Schembechler was a true believer in Woolfolk, saying: "Today, I can say without reservation, that I'd rather go into a big game with Woolfolk at tailback than any other back in the country."
    More Details Hide Details Woolfolk, too, concluded in the end that Schembechler was "key" to his success: "He kept after me. He kept saying I was getting too fancy. He kept saying, 'You're a big back, a fast back, and you ought to be running over people -- not trying to dance around them.'"
    After Woolfolk's MVP performance in the 1981 Rose Bowl helped Schembechler to his first bowl game victory, Bo complimented Woolfolk's powerful performance, noting: "Butch can be a real load."
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    After winning his second MVP trophy in 1981's Bluebonnet Bowl, Woolfolk said: "I might look back in later years and notice that, but right now all I can think about is that I've worn a Michigan uniform for the last time."
    More Details Hide Details Woolfolk's top ten games in a Michigan uniform are as follows: During his four years at Michigan, Woolfolk had what one reporter described as "a strange love-hate relationship" with Coach Bo Schembechler. Woolfolk noted at the time Schembechler is a "tough coach", and it was "not easy at all" playing for him. Schembechler was often angered by Woolfolk's tendency to try to run around defenders rather than banging through them, resulting in Woolfolk being benched more than once. But Schembechler said Woolfolk "came of age" in the November 1980 Ohio State game.
    During the January 1981 Rose Bowl, he gained 182 yards against Washington, and during the December 1981 Bluebonnet Bowl, in which he gained 186 yards against UCLA.
    More Details Hide Details The hotel where the Wolverines team was staying was evacuated the night before the 1981 Rose Bowl game when a fire alarm was triggered at 2:30 a.m., and Woolfolk only had three hours of sleep that night. He won the MVP award despite the lack of sleep, and after the game Woolfolk called the game his "greatest thrill in football." Commenting on the MVP trophy, Woolfolk said: "If I could, I'd break this trophy into 95 pieces and hand it out to all the guys on the squad."
    Woolfolk was named the Most Valuable Player in both of Michigan's two bowl game appearances in 1981.
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    His 1981 rushing performance against the Spartans still stands as the fifth best single-game performance by a Wolverine running back.
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    Woolfolk's best game as a Wolverine was the October 10, 1981 contest against Michigan State.
    More Details Hide Details The Wolverines beat the Spartans, 38-20, and Woolfolk rushed for 253 yards in 39 carries. After the game, Coach Bo Schembechler said: "I wondered what a kid like that would do if he ran as much as the guy on the West Coast (Marcus Allen). I didn't plan on this, but he proved he can do it. Butch is going to be our all-time leading ground gainer. There isn't any way they're going to stop him now. And so be it."
    He began the 1981 season with five consecutive 100-yard games, including a 253-yard effort.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 19
    While at Michigan, Woolfolk was also the 1980 Big Ten Conference track champion in the outdoor 200 meter and indoor 300 meter events.
    More Details Hide Details He also competed in the 200 meter event in the 1980 Olympic Trials.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He continues to hold the Michigan outdoor 200-meter record. He was also a member of relay teams that hold numerous U-M and Ferry Field all-time records. Woolfolk played seven seasons in the NFL. As a rookie in 1982, he finished third in the NFL in all-purpose yards. And in 1983, he set an NFL record with 43 rushing attempts in a single game. He was also fifth in the NFL in receptions in 1985. Woolfolk was plagued with injuries during his NFL career and was able to play in 16 games only twice—in 1983 and 1985. In both of those years, he accumulated at least 1200 yards from scrimmage. He also had seven 100-yard games - five receiving and two rushing.
  • 1979
    Age 18
    Woolfolk still holds the U-M record for the longest and third longest runs from scrimmage, a 92-yard run against Wisconsin in 1979, and an 89 - yard gain against Wisconsin in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Woolfolk now ranks fifth in career rushing at U-M, as shown in the following chart:
    He played college football at the University of Michigan (1978 - 1981) where he led the Wolverines in rushing three straight years, 1979, 1980, and 1981.
    More Details Hide Details He finished his career as the school's all-time leading rusher with 3,861 yards, a record that was eclipsed six years later by Jamie Morris.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had his best season as a senior at Michigan, winning the 1981 Big Ten rushing title and falling just 10 yards short of Rob Lytle's single-season rushing yards record.
  • 1978
    Age 17
    He also ran the fastest boy's high school times in the nation in 1978.
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  • 1977
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He also excelled in track and field, winning the State All-Group and International Prep Invitational 100 meter and 200 meter races.
  • 1976
    Age 15
    Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Woolfolk attended Eastridge High School in Kankakee, Illinois in the 1976 - 1977 school year.
    More Details Hide Details He moved with his family to Westfield, New Jersey, where he was a multi-sport star at Westfield High School.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Born on March 1, 1960.
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