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RUNNING BACK

1966-1974

Walt Garrison was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round of the 1966 NFL draft. Known for his toughness and blocking, he took over at fullback after the retirement of Don Perkins in 1969 and had a career high 818 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. His style of play and perceived ability to play hurt brought him recognition in Cowboys lore, which included playing the 1970 NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers with a cracked collarbone and a serious ankle injury.

 

During Dallas' championship season of 1971, Garrison showed his pass-catching skills, leading the team in receiving with 40 catches and a 9.9 per catch average. He made the Pro Bowl after the 1972 season when he rushed for 784 yards and 7 touchdowns. Garrison was 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. Show your appreciation for Walt Garrison with collectibles, photographs and more here at the Drew Pearson's Cowboys Legends Pro Shop.

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