Happy Birthday to one of the best run plugging linebackers in WAC and Houston Oiler/Titans history, Barron Wortham.
The Everman native started as a true freshman at UTEP, registering 129 tackles in his first season in El Paso. His efforts earned him Freshman of the Year Honors in the WAC. He followed that up with 148 tackles as a sophomore, 148 as a junior, and 151 as a senior. He made All-WAC every year. Top that. You can’t. Against UNLV in 1993, Wortham made 20 tackles with a pick, and a fumble recovery set a conference record for career tackles and made second team All-American.
That 2003 UTEP team went 1-11, they were terrible, though given current developments, maybe not so much.
The Oilers saw fit to draft Wortham in the sixth round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played seven NFL seasons for the Oilers, Titans, and Cowboys.
He’s still the Miners career leader in total tackles with 566 and solo tackles with 412.
His son Barron Wortham Jr. sports his old man’s #57 for the Miners as a sophomore linebacker.