Hoyt "Wu" Winslett
Date of birth: (1904-01-22)January 22, 1904
Place of birth: Horseshoe Bend, Alabama
Date of death: October 2, 1998(1998-10-02) (aged 94)
Place of death: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Career information
Position(s): End
College: Alabama
 As player:
1924–1926 Alabama
Career highlights and awards

2x National champion (1925, 1926)

Honors: 1926 All-America Team First Team

Hoyt "Wu" Winslett (January 22, 1904 – October 2, 1998) was an American college football player and businessman. He was part of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide's first two national championship teams in 1925 and 1926. Winslett is also recognized as Alabama's first Associated Press All-American.

College footballEdit

Winslett played defensive end for coach Wallace Wade at the University of Alabama from 1924 to 1926.[1] He was a member of both the 1925 and 1926 squads which won both the Southern Conference and the national championships.[2] He also was part of the 1924 squad that won the Southern Conference championship. For his performance during the 1926 season, Winslett was named to the All-America Team First Team by the Associated Press. His selection was the first by the Associated Press for a player from the Southern United States to the All-America Team First Team.[3]

He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 1973 for football.[4][5] In 1992, Winslett was named the Paul W. Bryant Alumni-Athlete Awards in recognition of his service within the community since the end of this playing career.[3]

Post-football careerEdit

After he graduated from Alabama in 1926, Winslett stayed in Tuscaloosa where he served as a branch manager for the West Alabama Branch of Protective Life.[6] He worked at Protective Life though his retirement in 1969.[7] Winslett also served as the state president of the National Exchange Club, as director of the Tuscaloosa Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the Tuscaloosa Chapter of the Red Cross.[7] In 1995, he endowed $120,000 to establish The Wu and Louise Winslett Endowed Scholarship Fund.[3] The scholarship is for entering freshmen from Dadeville High School, where Winslett and his wife attended in the 1920s.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Winslett was married to Louise Winslett though her death in 1981.[7] His nickname "Wu" was given to him by his Alabama teammates in the 1920s due to his resemblance to the movie character Mr. Wu.[7]


  1. "All-Time Tide Football Lettermen". 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. p. 140.
  2. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). "National Poll Champions" (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. p. 73. Retrieved March 3, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Powell, Richard (February 20, 1995). "Wu Winslett established scholarship". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News): p. 5A. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  4. "Hoyt "Wu" Winslett". Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  5. Hendrick, Bill (February 16, 1973). "Baseball losing glitter, New hall of famer claims". The Tuscaloosa News. Associated Press (Google News): p. 7. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  6. ""Wu" Winslett, old Tide star, to make his home in city". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News): p. 8. September 12, 1929. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Hurt, Cecil (October 3, 1998). "UA football legend "Wu" Winslett is dead at 94". The Tuscaloosa News (Google News): p. 1A. Retrieved March 4, 2012.

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