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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Butch Woolfolk - Where is he now?

Polyester V-neck jersey?!It seems appropriate to take a quick look back at the Michigan career of Harold "Butch" Woolfolk seeing that his son, Troy, just committed to Michigan. While Troy is a Defensive Back (likely CB), his dad was one of the best Michigan RBs of all time, playing from the 1978-81 seasons and earning All-America honors in his last year. So where is Butch now? Well, here, primarily. Born in Milwaukee and raised in Westfield, New Jersey, he has moved out near Houston, and seems to have made a great living for himself after a decent NFL career with the Giants, Oilers, and Lions. He is married with two sons.

While at Michigan, Butch had quite a few memorable moments. While I didn't see him play live, I've seen some tapes, and I've heard plenty of glowing endorsements from "old-timers" (apologies to those over 40). ESPN Classic shows the 1981 Rose Bowl from time to time - keep an eye out. A few career highlights:

- 1979 vs. Minnesota: 24 carries for 194 yards and 2 TDs. [31-21 Michigan victory]

- 1979 vs. Wisconsion: 19 carries for 190 yards and 3 TDs. Includes a TD run of 92 yards!! [54-0 Michigan victory]

- 1981 Rose Bowl vs. Washington: Named Rose Bowl MVP. 26 carries for 182 yards and 1 TD. [23-6 Michigan victory]

- 1981 at Michigan State: 39(!) carries for 253 yards with NO TDs. Chris Perry-esque (or, rather, Perry was Woolfolk-esque). [38-20 Michigan victory]

According to this helmet, Butch claims 3861 career yards rushing, but's Statistics Archive has him at 3,850 yards rushing, with 29 TDs and a 5.4 yards per carry average. Either way, not too shabby.

Random factoid: Butch’s former Michigan teammate Mike Boren will also have a son at Michigan while Butch’s son, Troy, is there. Justin Boren will be a Freshman at Michigan this year and should be a staple in the Offensive Line over the next few years.

Obligatory autographed action photo here (a nice black and white pic of the older-style road uniforms and winged helmet).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karen's hometown.

And we thought Dave Brown was the only football great from Westfield.

But thanks to this outstanding blog, we know better...

Harold "Butch" Woolfolk--Set Westfield High School season records in 1977 football with 1637 yards rushing, 34 touchdowns and 206 points (latter #1 in N.J.). First team All-County and All-State in 1977. In track, won State All-Group and International Prep Invitational 100 and 200 meter races. Ran fastest schoolboy times in the nation in 1978. At Michigan became the school’s all-time rusher, passing Tom Harmon. MVP of the Rose Bowl in his junior year and MVP of the Bluebonnet Bowl in his senior year. Big 10 track champion in the 200 and 300. First round draft pick of the NY Giants.

11:22 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Wow - that's kinda random. Westfield is the place to be!

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice to see someone from a local nj high school do good

4:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Butch was not only a great player but a true gentleman. real classy guy

9:12 PM  
Blogger JAMES said...

Butch, also went to Rufus Easton Grade school in Alton, IL. He was Great in P.E.

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Hostpph said...

well I think that for the picture, Butch Woolfolk could be dead, how old is he, do you know??

10:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Butch did go to Rufus Easton in Alton IL and also ran track with neighbors from Alton Acres. I last saw him when I participated in girls state track meet in Charlston. Proud of his success.

10:59 PM  
Blogger Uzumaki Naruto said...

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11:10 PM  
Blogger Uzumaki Naruto said...

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3:18 AM  
Anonymous Larry Hatcher said...

Butch also attended Eastridge high school in Kankakee Illinois

2:40 PM  

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