|Date of birth:||May 3, 1930|
|Place of birth:||Merced County, California|
|Date of death:||August 19, 2008(aged 78)|
|Place of death:||Hawthorne, Nevada|
|College:||University of Southern California|
|High school:||Merced High School|
|Career highlights and awards|
Elmer Ellsworth Wilhoite (May 3, 1930 – August 19, 2008) was an American football player and boxer. He played college football for the USC Trojans and was a consensus selection at the guard position on the 1952 College Football All-America Team.
Wilhoite was born in Merced County, California, in 1930. He attended Merced High School. He was a star athlete in the shot put while in high school, throwing the 12-pound shot 56 feet, 6 inches, breaking a high school athletic record set by Bob Mathias.
Whilhoite enrolled at the University of Southern California and, while there, played at the guard position on the USC football team in 1951 and 1952. In the UCLA–USC rivalry in 1952, both teams were undefeated and untied and played for a spot in the 1953 Rose Bowl. Wilhoite set up the game-winning touchdown when he intercepted a Paul Cameron pass and returned it 72 yards to UCLA's eight-yard line. The Trojans won the 1953 Rose Bowl by a 7-0 score over Wisconsin, and Wilhoite was a consensus selection for the 1952 College Football All-America Team.
Wilhoite was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 12th round of the 1953 NFL Draft, but he instead pursued a career as a boxer. In his first fight, he won by a knockout after 45 second of the first round against Humphrey Jiminez at Merced, California. In September 1953, he won his second professional bout by a second-round technical knockout (TKO) over Clayton Mann in a match at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles.
In 1954, he tried out with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL), but he was released in early August 1954. He signed with the Baltimore Colts in December 1954, but did not make the team in 1955. In July 1957, he signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL.
- Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995 [database on-line]. Birth record for Elmer Elsworth Wilhoite, born 3 May 1930, mother's maiden name Logue, birth county Merced.
- Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Entry for Elmer E. Willhoite, last residence 89415 Hawthorne, Mineral, Nevada, USA, born 5 May 1930, died 18 Aug 2008. SSN issued in California (before 1951).
- "Former USC All-American Elmer Wilhoite Dies". USCTrojans.com. CBS Interactive. September 2, 2008. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
- "Standout High School List Enters West Coast Relays". Nevada State Journal. May 8, 1949.
- John Cherwa (November 15, 1993). "Rose Bowl Showdown UCLA vs USC: Historians Uncover a Big-Game Pattern". Los Angeles Times.
- "2012 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2012. p. 5. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
- "Wilhoite Wins by TKO in 2nd". Nevada State Journal (UP story). September 4, 1953.
- "Argos Release Two". The Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio. August 11, 1954. p. 12.
- "Wilhoite Returns". Nevada State Journal. December 21, 1954.
- "Aceves Battles Wilhoite at Olympic This Evening". Van Nuys (Calif.) News. February 6, 1958. p. 17C.