Walt Garrison

Walter Benton "Walt" Garrison (born July 23, 1944) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He was selected in the fifth round of the 1966 NFL Draft (79th overall). He played college football at Oklahoma State University.

Walt Garrison
No. 32
Position:Fullback / Running back
Personal information
Born:July 23, 1944 (age 74)
Denton, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Lewisville (TX)
College:Oklahoma State
NFL Draft:1966 / Round: 5 / Pick: 79
AFL draft:1966 / Round: 17 / Pick: 151
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:119
Starts:72
Touchdowns:39
Total Yards:5,680
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Born in Denton, Texas, Garrison attended nearby Lewisville High School. He played as a linebacker in football. He also played basketball and baseball.[1]

Garrison accepted a football scholarship from Oklahoma State University, with the intention of playing defense as a linebacker. In 1963, even though he didn't play the position in high school, Phil Cutchin became the new head coach and moved him to running back in the spring. He was a backup player, finishing his sophomore season with 387 rushing yards, only 12 yards behind the team's leader George Thomas Jr. He also tied for 10th in the Big Eight Conference in rushing yards.

As a junior in 1964, he led the Big Eight Conference in rushing with 730 yards, ahead of Jim Grisham and Gale Sayers. He also had 5 rushing touchdowns and 83 receiving yards.

Garrison completed his senior season with 924 rushing yards, 107 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. He ranked second in rushing yards in the Big Eight Conference behind Charlie Brown. He had 121 rushing yards against the undefeated University of Nebraska. He rushed for 173 yards against Kansas State University. He helped the Cowboys' to their first win over Oklahoma in 20 years. His post-season highlights included appearances in the East–West Shrine Game in San Francisco, the Senior Bowl (voted the Outstanding Back of the North team), the Coaches All-America Game in Atlanta and the College All-Star Game against the Green Bay Packers in August 1966.

In 1993, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.[2] In 2000, he was inducted into the Oklahoma State Athletics Hall of Honor.[3]

Professional career

Garrison was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round (79th overall) of the 1966 NFL Draft. He was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 17th round (151st overall) of the 1966 AFL Draft. In his first 2 seasons, he was mainly used as a kickoff returner.

In 1968, he tallied 45 carries for 271 yards and 5 touchdowns as a backup player. In 1969, he took over at fullback after the retirement of Don Perkins, posting a career-high 818 rushing yards, while scroring 2 touchdowns and forming one of the league's best running back duos with Calvin Hill.

In 1970, with the arrival of rookie Duane Thomas, he tallied 126 carries for 507 yards and 3 touchdowns. His style of play and perceived ability to play hurt brought him recognition in Cowboys lore, which included playing the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers with a cracked collarbone and a serious ankle injury, but still managing to record 17 carries for 71 yards, 3 receptions for 51 yards and one touchdown.[4] It was reported in the media, that the trainers needed 36 yards of tape to get him ready to play in Super Bowl V.

During Dallas' championship season of 1971, he showed his pass-catching skills, leading the team with 40 receptions. That year, the Cowboys rode their three running backs all the way to a Super Bowl VI victory.[5]

In 1972, Garrison was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for its pro football preview issue; the photo was from Super Bowl VI in January.[6] During the season, he suffered a 16-stitch cut in one of his fingers while doing his favorite hobby (whittling). He was named to the Pro Bowl, after registering 784 yards and 7 touchdowns, even though he was a part of a three-headed rushing attack. He played in the Pro Bowl a few days after sufring a gash in his face while steer wrestling.

In 1973, he suffered pinched nerves in his neck during training camp and had headaches so severe that he couldn't sleep. Robert Newhouse was promoted as the starting fullback, performing well enough that it was the sixth game of the season before Garrison could get his starting position back. He still had 105 carries for 440 yards (second on the team) and was third in receiving with 26 receptions. He missed the season finale with a cracked collarbone, but was back in the lineup the next week in the playoffs.

A "real" cowboy, he spent time on the professional rodeo circuit during the football off-seasons. His signing bonus with the Cowboys in 1966 included a horse trailer. In June 1975, Garrison made an appearance at the College National Rodeo Finals in Bozeman, Montana; a knee injury he sustained in an exhibition steer wrestling accident ended his pro football career.[7] He retired in August 1975, and was replaced in the starting lineup with Newhouse.[8]

Garrison played in the NFL for nine seasons (missing only 7 games), all of them with the Cowboys. He finished his career with 3,886 yards rushing and 1,794 yards receiving. Garrison retired as the third leading rusher and fourth leading receiver in team history.

One of the more humorous sports quotes was attributed to Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith speaking about Garrison's dependability, "If it was third down, and you needed four yards, if you'd get the ball to Walt Garrison, he'd get ya five. And if it was third down and ya needed twenty yards, if you'd get the ball to Walt Garrison, by God, he'd get you five."

Garrison was named to the Dallas Cowboys' 25th anniversary team and was also inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.[9]

Personal life

He was a long-time spokesman for Skoal smokeless tobacco, and is the current television spokesman for Bill Utter Ford near Denton, Texas. In 1988, he published his biography "Once a Cowboy" with writer John Tullius.[10] The title is a reference to not only his rodeo cowboy career, but also his career with the Dallas Cowboys, and his college career with the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Garrison served military duty in New Jersey and Fort Lewis. He established the Walt Garrison Multiple Sclerosis Foundation and currently resides in Argyle, Texas.

References

  1. ^ "LISD Profile: Lewisville High School Alum Walt Garrison". Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Class of 1993 Inductees". Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Gill, Jerry (September 4, 2010). "Oral History Interview with Walt Garrison". O-STATE Stories.
  4. ^ Eatman, Nick (May 16, 2013). "Can RB Randle Display Necessary, Expected Toughness?". DallasCowboys.com. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  5. ^ PR Dir. Curt Mosher, ed. (1974). Dallas Cowboys Media Guide. Dallas, TX: Dallas Cowboys Football Club. p. 20.
  6. ^ "Dallas scrambles to stay on top". Sports Illustrated. September 18, 1972. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Dallas back gets bum steer". St. Petersburg Independent. Florida. Associated Press. June 20, 1975. p. 2C. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  8. ^ "Walt Garrison retires". Nashua Telegraph. New Hampshire. Associated Press. August 16, 1975. p. 14. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  9. ^ Werner, John (January 24, 2013). "TEXAS SPORTS HALL OF FAME: WALT GARRISON (True Cowboy, hat and all)". WacoTrib.com. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  10. ^ Garrison, Walt; Tullius, John. "Once a Cowboy". WorldCat. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

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1964 All-Big Eight Conference football team

The 1964 All-Big Eight Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Eight Conference teams for the 1964 college football season. The selectors for the 1964 season included the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press International (UPI). Players selected as first-team players by both the AP and UPI are designated in bold.

1964 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team

The 1964 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team represented Oklahoma State University–Stillwater in the Big Eight Conference during the 1964 NCAA University Division football season. In their second season under head coach Phil Cutchin, the Cowboys compiled a 4–6 record (3–4 against conference opponents), tied for fifth place in the conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 192 to 165.On offense, the 1964 team averaged 16.5 points scored, 139.7 rushing yards, and 81.0 passing yards per game. On defense, the team allowed an average of 19.2 points scored, 222.6 rushing yards, and 128.1 passing yards per game. The team's statistical leaders included Walt Garrison with 730 rushing yards, Glenn Baxter with 845 passing yards, Tony Sellari with 238 receiving yards, and placekicker Charles Durkee with 37 points scored.End Jack Jacobson was selected as a first-team All-Big Eight Conference player.The team played its home games at Lewis Field in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

1965 All-Big Eight Conference football team

The 1965 All-Big Eight Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Eight Conference teams for the 1965 college football season. The selectors for the 1965 season included the Associated Press (AP).

1965 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team

The 1965 Oklahoma State Cowboys football team represented Oklahoma State University–Stillwater in the Big Eight Conference during the 1965 NCAA University Division football season. In their third season under head coach Phil Cutchin, the Cowboys compiled a 3–7 record (2–5 against conference opponents), tied for fifth place in the conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 173 to 131.On offense, the 1965 team averaged 13.1 points scored, 159.4 rushing yards, and 78.5 passing yards per game. On defense, the team allowed an average of 17.3 points scored, 202.5 rushing yards, and 104.4 passing yards per game. The team's statistical leaders included Walt Garrison with 924 rushing yards, Glenn Baxter with 574 passing yards, Tony Sellari with 226 receiving yards, and placekicker Charles Durkee with 37 points scored.Running back Walt Garrison and guard Charles Harper were selected as a first-team All-Big Eight Conference player.The team played its home games at Lewis Field in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

1966 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1966 Dallas Cowboys season was the seventh for the franchise in the National Football League. The Cowboys finished the regular season at 10–3–1, their first winning record as a franchise and first Eastern Conference title. They hosted the NFL Championship Game at the Cotton Bowl, but lost to the defending champion Green Bay Packers, who went on to win the first Super Bowl two weeks later.

1967 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1967 Dallas Cowboys season was their eighth in the league. The team posted a 9–5 record and won the new four-team Capitol Division. The Cowboys hosted the Century Division winner Cleveland Browns at the Cotton Bowl and won 52–14 for the Eastern Conference title. This gained a rematch the following week for the NFL title with the two-time defending champion Green Bay Packers. Played in frigid sub-zero and windy conditions at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on December 31, the Packers scored a late touchdown to win by four points for their third consecutive NFL title. Green Bay easily won Super Bowl II two weeks later over the Oakland Raiders.

1968 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1968 Dallas Cowboys season was their ninth in the league and won the Capitol division by five games with a 12–2 record. In the first round of the playoffs, Dallas met the Cleveland Browns (10–4) in the Eastern Conference title game, held at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. In this era, the host sites were rotated, home field advantage was not adopted for the playoffs until 1975. Dallas had won the regular season game 28–7 in September, and had routed the Browns 52–14 in the previous year's playoffs, but both were played at the Cotton Bowl.

Cleveland upset the favored Cowboys 31–20, sending Dallas to the third place Playoff Bowl at the Orange Bowl in Miami, where they rallied to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, 17–13.The team averaged 30.8 points per game during the regular season, and holds the record for most points scored through the first three games of a season.

1969 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1969 Dallas Cowboys season was their tenth in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 12–2, winning eleven games with one tie. They qualified for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

The Cowboys were second in the NFL in scoring (369 points), and led the league in rushing yards (2,276) and total yards (5,122). The Cowboys' defense also allowed the fewest rushing yards in the NFL (1,050) and the fewest rushing touchdowns (3).

1970 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1970 Dallas Cowboys season was the team's 11th in the National Football League.

The Cowboys scored 299 points and allowed 221 points. For the fifth consecutive season, the Cowboys finished first in their division. In 1970, the club made its debut on Monday Night Football. The Cowboys lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 38–0. The Cowboys made it to their first Super Bowl and lost to the Baltimore Colts.

1971 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1971 Dallas Cowboys season was the team's 12th in the National Football League and the first at the new Texas Stadium in suburban Irving, Texas. The club led the NFL with 406 points scored. Their defense allowed 222 points.

For the sixth consecutive season, the Cowboys had a first-place finish. They won their second-consecutive NFC championship, then defeated the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI to capture their first Super Bowl championship. They were the first team from the NFC to win a Super Bowl since the 1970 merger of the National Football League and the American Football League, and subsequently, the first team from the NFC East division to win the title.

1973 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1973 Dallas Cowboys season was their 14th in the league. The team matched their previous output of 10–4. They qualified for the playoffs for the eighth straight season. After a 4-3 start the Cowboys won six of their last seven games to win the NFC East with a solid 10-4 record. In the Divisional Playoffs the Cowboys beat the Los Angeles Rams 27-16 in Texas Stadium to earn their four straight Championship Game Appearance. However, not even the home crowd at Texas Stadium could help the Cowboys as they fell to the Minnesota Vikings 27-10.

1974 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1974 Dallas Cowboys season was their 15th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 10–4, winning only eight games. They failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons and this marked the only season from 1966 to 1983 (18 seasons) that the Cowboys did not qualify.

The Cowboys began with a 1–4 start and although they went 7–2 afterwards, it was not enough to overcome the slow start.

The season featured one of the most memorable Thanksgiving Day games in Cowboys history. Trailing 16–3 in the second half (and having already lost quarterback Roger Staubach to injury), little used backup Clint Longley threw two touchdown passes to lead the team to a 24–23 victory over the Redskins at Texas Stadium.

1974 was also a season of transition; as it would be the final season of future Hall of Fame defensive tackle Bob Lilly. Also finishing their careers that season would be fullback Walt Garrison; and center Dave Manders. Also, this would be the final season for wide receiver Bob Hayes (who would finish his career with the San Francisco 49ers the following year); running back Calvin Hill (who departed for the Hawaiians of the World Football League); defensive end Pat Toomay (who left for the Buffalo Bills); guard John Niland (who left the following year for the Philadelphia Eagles) and quarterback Craig Morton (traded early in the season to the New York Giants) in a Cowboy uniform.

1977 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl

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Jim Grisham

Jim Grisham (December 4, 1942 – July 30, 2012) was an American football fullback and linebacker, who played at the University of Oklahoma from 1961 to 1964.

Obert Logan

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Robert Newhouse

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Super Bowl V

Super Bowl V, the fifth edition of the Super Bowl and first modern-era National Football League (NFL) championship game, was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Baltimore Colts and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys to decide the NFL champion for the 1970 season. The Colts defeated the Cowboys by the score of 16–13 on a field goal as time expired. The game was played on January 17, 1971, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, the first Super Bowl game played on artificial turf, on first-generation Poly-Turf.

This was the first Super Bowl played after the completion of the AFL–NFL merger. Beginning with this game and continuing to the present day, the Super Bowl has served as the NFL's league championship game, with the winner of the AFC Championship Game and the winner of the NFC Championship Game facing off in the culmination of the NFL playoffs. As per the merger agreement, all 26 AFL and NFL teams were divided into two conferences with 13 teams in each. Along with the Colts, the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers agreed to join the ten AFL teams to form the AFC; the remaining 13 NFL teams formed the NFC. This explains why the Colts represented the NFL in Super Bowl III, but the AFC for Super Bowl V. Baltimore advanced to Super Bowl V after posting an 11–2–1 regular season record. Meanwhile, the Cowboys were making their first Super Bowl appearance after posting a 10–4 regular season record.

The game is sometimes called the "Blunder Bowl", "Blooper Bowl" or "Stupor Bowl" because it was filled with poor play, a missed PAT, penalties, turnovers, and officiating miscues. The two teams combined for a Super Bowl record 11 turnovers, with five in the fourth quarter. The Colts' seven turnovers remain the most committed by a Super Bowl champion. Dallas also set a Super Bowl record with 10 penalties, costing them 133 yards. It was finally settled when Colts rookie kicker Jim O'Brien made a 32-yard field goal with five seconds left in regulation time. In order to win the game, Baltimore had to overcome a 13–6 deficit after three quarters, and losing their starting quarterback Johnny Unitas in the second quarter. It is the only Super Bowl in which the Most Valuable Player Award was given to a member of the losing team: Cowboys' linebacker Chuck Howley, the first non-quarterback to win the award, after making two interceptions (sacks and tackles were not yet recorded).

Super Bowl VI

Super Bowl VI was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Dallas Cowboys and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Miami Dolphins to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1971 season. The Cowboys defeated the Dolphins by the score of 24–3, to win their first Super Bowl. The game was played on January 16, 1972, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana, the second time the Super Bowl was played in that city. Despite the southerly location, it was unseasonably cold at the time, with the kickoff air temperature of 39 °F (4 °C) making this the coldest Super Bowl ever played.Dallas, in its second Super Bowl appearance, entered the game with a reputation of not being able to win big playoff games such as Super Bowl V and the 1966 and 1967 NFL Championship Games prior to the 1970 AFL–NFL merger. They posted an 11–3 record during the 1971 regular season before defeating the Minnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs. The Dolphins were making their first Super Bowl appearance after building a 10–3–1 regular season record, including eight consecutive wins, and posting postseason victories over the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Colts.

The Cowboys dominated Super Bowl VI, setting Super Bowl records for the most rushing yards (252), the most first downs (23), and the fewest points allowed (3). For the next 47 years, they would be the only team ever to prevent their opponent from scoring a touchdown in the Super Bowl, a feat matched by the 2018 New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. The game was close in the first half, with the Cowboys only leading 10–3 at halftime. But Dallas opened the third quarter with a 71-yard, 8-play touchdown drive, and then Dallas linebacker Chuck Howley's 41-yard interception return in the fourth quarter set up another score. Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, who completed 12 out of 18 passes for 119 yards, threw 2 touchdown passes, and rushed 5 times for 18 yards, was named the Super Bowl's Most Valuable Player.

This was the last Super Bowl to be blacked out in the TV market in which the game was played. Under the NFL's unconditional blackout rules at the time, the Super Bowl could not be broadcast locally even if the local team did not advance to the Super Bowl, and it was a sellout. The following year, the league changed their rules to allow games to be broadcast in the local market if sold out 72 hours in advance. It was the last Super Bowl played with the hashmarks (also called the inbound lines) set at 40 feet apart (20 yards from the sidelines, and the last NFL game overall); the next season, they were brought in to 18​1⁄2 feet, the width of the goalposts, where they remain.

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