Derek Wolfe is a native son of the Ohio Valley, having attended Beaver Local High School.
Derek came from what might be considered hardscrabble roots until he was taken in by the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame inductees, the Hoppel Family, and took up residence in Negley, Ohio. Derek has worked for everything he has become, through grueling wrestling and football workouts as well as contributing to work on the farm.
Derek has also gained greatly by Lou Holtz Hall of Fame inductee James Pastore and his influence in the field of mixed martial arts. Derek is represented by Vantage Management Group and Ohio Valley Atty. Mike Simon.
With the help of these mentors, Derek became a standout football star at Beaver Local High School and was a two-star recruit by Rivals.com. He remains the only player in Beaver Local’s history to be drafted into the NFL. Derek decided to matriculate to the University of Cincinnati. After his junior season, he considered entering the NFL Draft but decided to continue his work in the classroom and to further develop at UC. Over the course of his four years in college, Wolfe posted 162 total tackles, 37 tackles for losses, and 19.5 sacks. He was named Co-Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Derek was selected as the fourth pick in the second round (36th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. In his first NFL pre-season game, he put up two sacks and three tackles, and the Broncos knew that a star was in the making. He followed that up with his first regular season start against the Pittsburgh Steelers and finished that game with three tackles and a sack for a loss of nine yards.
Wolfe finished his rookie season with 40 tackles, six sacks, and two passes defensed. His six sacks were third most on the team. Derek’s NFL career has not been without difficulties. He has endured a spinal cord injury, two bouts of food poisoning that led to him losing 20 pounds and a seizure on the bus ride to the airport for a Bronco game at Kansas City.
Despite the difficulties, Derek has persevered. He is regarded as one of the best run stuffers in the NFL and his honors include AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the then-undefeated Packers in Week 8 of the 2015 season.
Most importantly to Derek, he and his Broncos won Super Bowl 50 24-10 against the Carolina Panthers.