Hugh Othello Wolfe (June 13, 1912 – May 20, 2010) was an American football fullback who played one season with the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 1938 NFL Draft. Wolfe first enrolled at John Tarleton Agricultural College before transferring to the University of Texas. He attended Stephenville High School in Stephenville, Texas.[1] He was a member of the New York Giants team that won the 1938 NFL Championship. Nicknames attributed to him include "Big Bad" and "Red", although he may have never been called "Red".[2]

Early years

Wolfe was born on June 13, 1912 in Mason, Texas and moved to Stephenville, Texas at the age of seven.

College career

Wolfe participated in football, basketball and track and field at John Tarleton Agricultural College.[3]

Wolfe then transferred to play for the Texas Longhorns of the University of Texas in 1934.[4] He was an All-SWC selection and the top scorer for the Longhorns in 1936 and 1937. He played in the 1938 East–West Shrine Game. Wolfe was also a member of the 1937 SWC championship track and field team and won a SWC discus title in track and field.[5][6] He was named second-team All-America by the United Press in 1937. In a November 14, 1936 game against Minnesota, he set a then school record with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, quick kicked 90 yards and had an onside kick that traveled 50 yards into Minnesota's end zone and was recovered by a Longhorn teammate for a touchdown.[6][7] Wolfe kicked a game-winning field goal in a 9-6 win against Baylor on November 6, 1937. The victory knocked Baylor out of Rose Bowl contention.[6][7] He turned down an invitation to compete in the decathlon at the 1936 Olympics.[3]

He is a member of the Tarleton Athletics Hall of Fame and the University of Texas Athletics Hall of Honor, which he was inducted into in 1977.[5]

Professional career

Wolfe was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates of the NFL with the 19th pick in the 1938 NFL Draft. He was the first Texas Longhorn to be selected in the NFL Draft.[5] He played for the NFL's New York Giants in 1938 and was named to the Pro Bowl team. The Giants defeated the Green Bay Packers 23-17 on December 11, 1938 to win the 1938 NFL Championship.

Personal life

Wolfe served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II. He established an aluminum gates manufacturing company called Al-Prodco (Aluminum Products Company). He also ran a family nursery called Wolfe Nursery.[3] Wolfe died on May 20, 2010 in a Fort Worth, Texas hospice center.[2]

References

  1. ^ "HUGH WOLFE". profootballarchives.com. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Hugh Othello Wolfe". oldestlivingprofootball.com. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Keith, Brad (May 20, 2010). "Stephenville legend Hugh Wolfe passes". yourstephenvilletx.com. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "1934 Football Roster". texassports.com/. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Hugh Wolfe". texassports.com. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "Bill Little commentary: Hugh Wolfe -- The first of many". texassports.com. April 26, 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Texas Yearly Results". cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved 24 August 2014.