5. Houston: Wilson Whitley, Defensive Tackle (1972-1976): Lombardi award winning defensive tackle Wilson Whitley was arguably the baddest hombre to play in the late, great Southwestern Conference during the mid-1970s. He could fire off the ball like a rocket. He delivered blows to opposing lineman that were worthy of a montage in a Rocky sequel. Whitley was a standout on the Cincinnati Bengals teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Sadly, he passed away at age 37 due to a congenital heart condition. He was inducted into College Football’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
Wish I had gotten to watch him play.
It was a privilege to watch Wilson Whitley play and I never thought we would see another like him but now we have Ed Oliver. Enjoy watching this young man he is something special.
My first year on campus was the fall of 1976. I could not appreciate yet how special it was to see Whitley play. He was a true beast on the field. then we won 3 out of 4 of the next SWC championships and you start to think it would always be like that, Wow,… those were great days. .
Ed Oliver is a monster in his own right and could be as good or possibly even better when it is all done. Go big Ed, you make us proud !