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Stan Walters

Stan Walters
No. 75
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1948-05-27) May 27, 1948
Place of birth: Rutherford, New Jersey
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
College: Syracuse
NFL draft: 1972 / Round: 9 / Pick: 210
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1983
Games played: 153
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Stanley Peter "Stan" Walters, Jr. (born May 27, 1948) is a former professional American football offensive tackle. After playing college football for Syracuse, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the ninth round of the 1972 NFL Draft. He spent three years with the Bengals, starting at left tackle for the majority of his tenure, before he was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1975. A two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Eagles, Walters started in 122 consecutive games at left tackle in his nine years with the team. Following his retirement, he was a radio color commentator for the Eagles from 1984 through 1997.

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
  • After football 4
  • References 5

Early years

Walters grew up a New York Giants fan in Rutherford, New Jersey.[1] His father worked as a machinist in Jersey City, New Jersey.[1] Walters attended St. Mary High School in Rutherford, where he lettered in football and basketball.[2]

College career

Walters was a two-year letterman in football for Syracuse University,[3] and started at left guard in his senior season in 1971.[4] He participated in the Senior Bowl in 1971.[5] He majored in history at Syracuse.[6] He was selected to the Syracuse All-Century team in 1999.[2]

Professional career

Walters was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the ninth round (210th overall) of the 1972 NFL Draft.[7] He began the 1972 season on the team's taxi squad, and he was promoted to the starting roster midway through the season owing to an injury to starter Rufus Mayes. Walters started the remaining eight games of the season at left offensive tackle.[1] An unknown illness in 1973 resulted in his losing 14 pounds in a ten-day span and missing a game against the Cleveland Browns on October 6.[8] He played in only four games that season.[9] He returned as a starter in 1974[10] and played in all fourteen games.[11]

The Bengals traded Walters and quarterback Wayne Clark to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback John Reaves and a 1976 second-round draft pick (which was used on guard Glenn Bujnoch)[12] on July 3, 1975.[10] Walters considered a meeting with head coach Dick Vermeil before the 1976 season as the critical moment in his playing career.[13] Vermeil, who had just been hired by the Eagles, told Walters that if he did not start playing better he would be released. Walters said, "It shook me up. It definitely made a difference."[13] He started in every game from 1975 through 1982 at left tackle.[14] Harvey Martin, a defensive end who played for the Dallas Cowboys and frequently played against Walters, called Walters the smartest offensive tackle in the league during his career.[13]

Walters earned two consecutive Pro Bowl selections, in 1978 and 1979.[1] In 1979, Walters blocked for running back Wilbert Montgomery, who rushed for a team-record 1,512 yards.[15] In 1980 he did not allow any sacks[16] as the team's largest player at 275 pounds (125 kg).[17] He injured his back in the first half of the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys, but took a painkiller shot to go back into the game to help the team rush for 263 yards and advance to the Super Bowl.[13] Walters played in Super Bowl XV against the Oakland Raiders. The Eagles lost the game, 27–10.[2] Walters was limited by a strained knee in the beginning of the 1981 season.[1]

Walters re-signed with the Eagles before training camp in

Preceded by
Bill Bergey
Philadelphia Eagles Radio Color Commentator
1984–1998
Succeeded by
Mike Quick
  1. ^ a b c d e  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Roberts, Jeff (November 1, 2010). "Where are they now? Stan Walters".  
  3. ^ "Stanley Walters, Football, 1970-71". Syracuse University Athletics. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  4. ^ "Syracuse Shuns Turmoil, Seeks Lambert Trophy".  
  5. ^ "Senior Bowl". Syracuse University Athletics. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  6. ^ a b Mulligan, Kevin (December 22, 1997). "London Awaits; Analyst Walters Calls It A Career".  
  7. ^ "These 'Vagabounds' Are Surely Super".  
  8. ^ "Ticket Holder's Request for TV Ban Is Denied".  
  9. ^ "Stan Walters 1973 Game Logs".  
  10. ^ a b "Reaves Traded To Bengals".  
  11. ^ "Stan Walters 1974 Game Logs".  
  12. ^ Maxymuk, John (2008). Strong Arm Tactics.  
  13. ^ a b c d  
  14. ^ a b "Stan Walters". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  15. ^ "Chicago at Philadelphia".  
  16. ^  
  17. ^ Hubbuch, Bart (September 15, 2002). "Stronger and faster, NFL players also getting bigger".  
  18. ^ "Walters Bids Farewell".  
  19. ^ "Walters ends retirement".  
  20. ^  
  21. ^ "Eagles' Offense Missing in Action".   (subscription required)
  22. ^ "Eagles Make Changes".  
  23. ^ Caldwell, Dave (October 30, 1991). "Kotite Clearing Path For Youth On Troubled Offensive Line". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  24. ^ Rosenfeld, Ira (August 20, 1984). "Redskins tabbed for another Super Bowl berth".  
  25. ^ Sheridan, Phil and Marcia C. Smith (August 7, 1998). "Dunn's Night Is Painful From Start". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 

References

[2] Walters worked alongside [24] After retiring from football again after the 1983 season,

After football

In 1991, Walters was inducted in the Philadelphia Eagles Ring of Honor with fellow offensive tackle Jerry Sisemore.[23]

[2] He ended a streak of 122 consecutive starts at left tackle for the Eagles during the 1983 season.[14] He finished the season with ten starts in twelve games.[22] in an attempt to rejuvenate the team with younger players after five straight losses.Marion Campbell, Walters was benched, along with four other starters, by head coach New York Giants Before the November 20 game against the [21] on September 25 and had to leave the game.St. Louis Cardinals He re-injured his knee against the [20]

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