TheRealBrave, on 13 January 2013 - 12:05 AM, said:
It's a relevant statistic when he was a fantastic return specialist in his time.
The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, suspecting that the USFL was not going to last, acquired Walker's NFL rights by drafting him in the fifth round of the 1985 NFL Draft. When the USFL succumbed after its technically successful but financially fruitless antitrust suit against the NFL in 1986, Walker came to the Cowboys as a fullback. During his first two years with the Cowboys, he shared duties with Tony Dorsett, becoming the first Heisman backfield tandem in NFL history.
He established himself as a premier NFL running back, but when Dorsett was traded to the Denver Broncos in 1988, Walker became a one-man offense, reaching his NFL career highs of 1,514 rushing yards and 505 receiving yards, while playing seven positions: halfback, fullback, tight end,H-back, wide receiver, both in the slot and as a flanker. He became just the 10th player in NFL history to amass more than 2,000 combined rushing and receiving yards in a season. In the process he achieved two consecutive Pro Bowls (1987 and 1988). In 1989, at the height of his NFL career, the Cowboys traded Walker to the Minnesota Vikings for a total of five players (LB Jesse Solomon, DB Issiac Holt, RB Darrin Nelson, LB David Howard, DE Alex Stewart) and six draft picks (which led to Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith, and Darren Woodson). This was claimed to be a turning point in the rise of the Cowboys to the NFL's top echelon.
He made the pro bowl twice... how exactly was he a flop?
I'm not saying he wasn't a great player, even great pro; nor am I saying HE
was a flop.
I'm saying, when you take into account what everyone expected from his NFL career, IT
was a flop.
Everyone thought he'd break every rushing record in the books and own the all-time rushing title today. He's pretty far from that notoriety, so I can hardly call him the best pro RB, or even necessarily better than Bo.
Bo had a career-ending injury that you can't hold against him; but even so, he had 2 1000-yard rushing seasons out of 4, and he was injured during 2. The guy ran for nearly 1800 yards in '85. I think barring the freak injury, he'd have been the better NFL back.
I think I'd have left out that he made 2 Pro Bowls... you realize he made ONLY
2 Pro Bowls in a dozen years, right? Just for the sake of comparison, Emmitt made 8 in 15 years.
Edited by GatorUnvrsty, 13 January 2013 - 12:22 AM.