September 8th, 2010

Will Wolford Enters Vanerbilt HOF

Chris Jung

Senior Writer


Will Wolford Enters Vanerbilt HOF
photo from Vanderbilt Univ. athletics

St. X alum inducted into Commodores Hall of Fame

One of Louisville's greatest athletic ambassadors, St. Xavier High School alum and former high school football standout Will Wolford was recognized during a ceremony on Sept. 3 and inducted into the Vanderbilt University Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2010.

An All-State defensive lineman at St. X, Wolford was switched to offensive tackle at Vandy and became one of the best in the SEC. A first-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1986, he played 13 seasons in the NFL with Buffalo, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh. He played in three Super Bowls with the Bills, and went on to a career as a thoroughbred racing owner.

Recently, Wolford returned to St. X and co-chaired the "Project X" campaign, which raised $29 million for various campus facilities and programs.

Here is what Vanderbilt had to say about its Commodore Hall of Famer:

Will Wolford was an outstanding offensive lineman for the Commodores during a strong run for the program in the 1980s. Vanderbilt head coach George MacIntyre hailed him as "the best lineman in the country" by his senior season, and he rewarded that confidence when the Buffalo Bills picked him in the first round of the NFL Draft. After a terrific professional career that included three Pro Bowl appearances, Wolford has moved on to become a color analyst for the Indianapolis Colts, while also serving on several community Boards and coaching his children's sports teams.

 

- Stand-out lineman and four-year starter for Vanderbilt football (1982-1985)

- Played as a freshman on the 1982 Hall of Fame bowl team

- Started every game from sophomore year through senior year (33 straight games)

- Unanimous First Team All-SEC honors his senior season (1985)

- First Commodore offensive lineman to be picked in the first round of the NFL Draft (1986)

- Three-time Pro Bowler (1990, 1992, 1995) and played in three Super Bowls with the Bills (1990, 1991, 1992)

- Played with the Indianapolis Colts, signing a contract in 1993 that made him by far the highest-paid lineman in the NFL, as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers

- Inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2007

 

 

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