Huge congratulations goes out to a great Pittsburgh Steeler and friend of SteelerAddicts, Craig Wolfley on his induction into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. We also offer up big congrats to his brother Ron Wolfley who will also be inducted. We’re extremely honored to have Wolf on our podcasts periodically, and be able to call him and his daughter Megan our friends.
Former Pittsburgh Steeler Craig Wolfley will be one of the 14 inductees into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame’s 2012 Class. The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame honors those who have enhanced our lives with their performances and commitment to Western New York sports and this will be the 22nd Class inducted since its inception in 1991.
Craig Wolfley was an outstanding athlete at Orchard Park HS (1972-75) where he won numerous honors in football and was highly recruited to Syracuse University where he played as an offensive lineman from 1976-79. He had an outstanding collegiate career for the Orange and was named to several All-East and All-America teams. He was named as a member of Syracuse’s All-Century Team in 2000 along with such stars as Jim Brown, Larry Csonka, Daryl Johnston, Art Monk and Donovan McNabb.
Wolfley was a fifth-round NFL draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1980. He played left guard (and sometimes offensive tackle) for the Steelers from 1980-89, starting 102 of 129 regular season games. He ended his 12-year NFL career after playing two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (1990-91).
Craig has remained active in pro football by serving as the sideline reporter for many years on the Steelers’ flagship radio station. He also co-hosts a daily radio talk show with former Steeler Tunch Ilkin on ESPN Radio 970 in Pittsburgh.
In addition to football, Wolfley competed in professional weightlifting, boxing, sumo wrestling and martial arts. In 1981 he placed fifth in the World’s Strongest Man competition and in 1985 he placed second in the first professional sumo wrestling tournament ever held in North America.
Ten years after retiring from the NFL, Craig became a professional boxer and lost a four round bout to Eric “Butterbean” Esch. A life-long proponent of physical fitness, he also holds a black belt in Jujitsu.
Wolfley and his wife Faith are owners of the Wolfpack Boxing Club in Bridgeville, PA where they teach boxing, martial arts and other athletics.
Ron Wolfley grew up in Orchard Park and was a three-sport star at Orchard Park High before transferring to Frontier where he had an outstanding senior season in football and earned all-league honors. He earned a scholarship to West Virginia University and went on to become a part-time starter at running back and an excellent special teams performer for the first three years, before assuming the starting running back position as a senior. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1985 NFL draft by the St. Louis Cardinals where he became known for his fearless special teams play that allowed him to compete in four straight AFC-NFC Pro Bowls from 1986-89.
Wolfley became a free agent in 1992 and signed with the Cleveland Browns for two seasons. He returned to St. Louis in 1994 to play one season with the Rams before retiring from the NFL. He is proud to be the only player to have played in St. Louis for both the Cardinals and the Rams.
Ron lives in Phoenix where he owns a restaurant, Wolfley’s Neighborhood Grill, and also co-hosts an afternoon, drive-time radio sports show on KTAR in Phoenix. He serves as the color analyst for the Arizona Cardinals radio network with veteran sportscaster Dave Pasch.
Thanks to our friend Frank Murgia at Talent Network for allowing us to post this story and help support Wolf and Ron on this great accomplishment.