Steve Wadiak: Remembering No. 37

Steve Wadiak: Remembering No. 37

In spirit of 37-days left on the kick-off time-clock, the No. 37 belongs to legend Steve Wadiak.

The countdown continues with a little over a month standing between fans and Williams-Brice Stadium. Today kicks-off with just 37 days left before the season begins.

No. 37 on our countdown just happens to be a legend to the South Carolina roster.

Running back Steve Wadiak played for the Gamecocks from 1948-1951. He was the first to have his number retired in 1951, sadly after his passing in a tragic car accident. The Chicago-native Navy veteran stood as the school’s all-time rushing leader for 28 years after his senior season. Rushing for 2,878 yards in his career, he led the team in scoring and rushing all four years he played.

Wadiak was All-Southern conference in 1950 and 1951 and set a new conference rushing record at that time. Sources say he had been planning on signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers after graduating in June. Wadiak holds the school record for longest run from scrimmage.

GamecockPride.com will keep you updated on the countdown until kick-off.

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