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Encyclopedia > Doak Walker
Doak Walker
Date of birth January 1, 1927
Place of birth Flag of United States Dallas, Texas
Date of death September 27, 1998
Place of death Steamboat Springs, CO
Position(s) Half back
Kicker, Punter
College SMU
NFL Draft 1949 / Round 1/ Pick 3
Career Highlights
Pro Bowls 5
Awards 1950 NFL Rookie of the Year
1949 Cotton Bowl MVP
1948 Cotton Bowl MVP
1948 Heisman Trophy
1947 Maxwell Award
Honors Doak Walker Award
Retired #s Detroit Lions #37
Stats
Statistics
Team(s)
1950-1955 Detroit Lions
College Hall of Fame
Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1986

Ewell Doak Walker, Jr. (January 1, 1927September 27, 1998) was an American football player. He was born in Dallas, Texas and attended Highland Park High School in Dallas where he was a multi-sport athlete. Both he and future college and National Football League star Bobby Layne were on the Highland Park football team. January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Incorporated 2 February 1856  - Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City  385. ... September 27 is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Steamboat Springs is a city located in Routt County, Colorado. ... In American football, each team has 11 players on the field at one time. ... A rugby union team is made up of 15 players: eight forwards, numbered from 1 to 8; and seven backs, numbered from 9 to 15. ... Placekicker, or simply Kicker, is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ... The word punter may refer to: Someone who uses a Punt (boat). ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... Dallas Hall at Dedman College at SMU The Laura Lee Blanton Hall during a rare snow Southern Methodist University (also known as SMU) is a private, coeducational university in University Park, Texas, (an enclave of Dallas). ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 1949 NFL Draft was held on December 21, 1948. ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues all-star game. ... Since 1967 The Associated Press has given two annual Rookie of the Year Awards to NFL American football players: one for an offensive player and one for a defensive player. ... For the Cotton Bowl stadium, see Cotton Bowl (stadium). ... For the Cotton Bowl stadium, see Cotton Bowl (stadium). ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ... The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the collegiate American football player adjudged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best in the United States. ... The Doak Walker Award, first awarded in 1990, honors the nations top college football running back. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ... See also: 1985 in sports, other events of 1986, 1987 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Geoff Bodine won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Rahal Formula One Championship - Alain Prost of France 24... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... September 27 is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Nickname: Big D Location in the state of Texas Country United States State Texas Counties Dallas, Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Incorporated 2 February 1856  - Mayor Laura Miller Area    - City  385. ... Highland Park High School is located in University Park, Texas. ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... Robert Lawrence Layne was born December 19, 1926, in Santa Ana, Texas. ...

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College career

In college, Walker attended Southern Methodist University where he played running back, defensive back and place kicker. He also threw and caught passes, punted, and returned kicks. He was an All-American football player and won the Heisman Trophy in 1948 as a junior as the best college football player in the nation. He also played on the basketball and baseball teams. Dallas Hall at Dedman College at SMU The Laura Lee Blanton Hall during a rare snow Southern Methodist University (also known as SMU) is a private, coeducational university in University Park, Texas, (an enclave of Dallas). ... John Cappellettis 1973 Heisman Trophy is part of an exhibit at the Penn State All-Sports Museum located at Beaver Stadium, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. ...


NFL career

He went on to play professional football for the Detroit Lions, where he was re-united with quarterback Bobby Layne, who had attended the University of Texas at Austin. Although Walker was only 5'11" and 175 pounds, he was voted All-Pro four times, and he helped lead the Lions to two National Football League championships. He also led the NFL in scoring twice (1950 and 1955) and tallied 534 points in his career (330 on field goals and extra points). In honor of his achievements, the Lions have retired his #37 from use by players. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. City Detroit, Michigan Team colors Honolulu Blue, Silver, and Black Head Coach Rod Marinelli Owner William Clay Ford, Sr. ... The University of Texas at Austin, often called UT or Texas is a nationally recognized doctoral/research university located in Austin, Texas. ... For other uses of National Football League, see National Football League (disambiguation). ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame is the National Football Leagues Hall of Fame. ...


Post NFL

He married his high school sweetheart, and they had four children. He later married Olympic skier Skeeter Werner. Doak Walker died September 27, 1998 as a result of injuries suffered previously in a skiing accident. He is immortalized by the annual Doak Walker Award, given to the best running back in college football, and by a statue placed between Gerald Ford Stadium and Southern Methodist University's state-of-the-art Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. Gladys Skeeter Werner Walker (1933-2001) was an American alpine skier and winter olympian. ... September 27 is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Doak Walker Award, first awarded in 1990, honors the nations top college football running back. ...


External links

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: member biography
Preceded by
Charley Trippi
Maxwell Award Winner
1947
Succeeded by
Chuck Bednarik
Preceded by
Johnny Lujack
Heisman Trophy Winner
1948
Succeeded by
Leon Hart

  Results from FactBites:
 
Doak Walker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (287 words)
In spite of the fact that Walker was only 5'11" and 175 pounds, he was voted All-Pro four times, and helped lead the Lions to two National Football League championships.
Doak Walker died September 27, 1998 as a result of injuries suffered previously in a skiing accident.
He is immortalized by the annual Doak Walker Award, given to the best running back in college football, and by a statue in front of Southern Methodist University's state-of-the-art Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.
Heisman.com - Heisman Trophy (245 words)
Walker, often considered the greatest player to come out of the Southwest Conference, was a junior when he won the Heisman Trophy.
Walker led the Mustangs to the Cotton Bowl in both 1948 and '49.
Doak was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1959.
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