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Cowboys nice Walt Garrison lifeless at 79

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Walt Garrison, a former NFL fullback who performed 9 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and received a Tremendous Bowl with them in 1971, has died. He was 79.

Garrison was a star at Oklahoma State earlier than the Cowboys chosen him within the fifth spherical of the 1966 NFL Draft. 

He was additionally drafted by the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, who have been within the American Soccer League on the time.

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Walt Garrison, a operating again for the Dallas Cowboys, in 1974. (AP Photograph/File)

He was with the Cowboys from 1966 to 1974, retiring because the workforce’s No. 3 rusher and No. 4 receiver. He gained 3,886 speeding yards.

The workforce introduced Garrison’s loss of life on its web site however didn’t reveal a trigger.

Garrison was a cowboy off the sector too. The workforce mentioned he would exit after workforce conferences and compete in native rodeos as a steer wrestler. He would return to the workforce resort earlier than an 11 p.m. curfew.

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Walt Garrison vs the Colts

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Craig Morton (14) fingers off to operating again Walt Garrison (32) through the Cowboys’ 16-13 loss to the Baltimore Colts in Tremendous Bowl V Jan. 17, 1971, on the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla. (Fred Roe/Getty Photographs)

“I wasn’t beginning,” Garrison as soon as mentioned. “I used to be returning punts and kicks and protecting on the kamikaze squad, that’s all I used to be doing. And, hell, you possibly can get harm worse on them than you possibly can rodeoing. I didn’t suppose a lot about it, however the Cowboys did.”

Legendary Cowboys head coach Tom Landry prevented Garrison from moonlighting as an everyday cowboy through the season, however he continued within the offseason.

“Coach Landry identified that there was a clause in my contract that if I received harm doing one other sport, that my contract can be null and void,” he was quoted as saying. “And I mentioned, ‘OK.’ I didn’t suppose rodeo was that harmful.”

Garrison was injured in 1975 whereas steer wrestling and known as it a profession in soccer.

On the peak of his fame with the Cowboys, Garrison was additionally a nationwide spokesman for Skoal.

Walt Garrison in 2011

Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Brown, left, and former Dallas Cowboy nice Walt Garrison meet on the Cradle of Champions sculpture close to the Chisholm Path Mural, additionally the positioning of ESPN’s broadcasting heart, in downtown Fort Price, Texas, Jan. 28, 2011. (Paul Moseley/Fort Price Star-Telegram/Tribune Information Service through Getty Photographs)

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He completed his NFL profession with 39 touchdowns and was a Professional Bowler through the 1972 season. He had 74 speeding yards on 14 carries within the workforce’s 14-3 win over the Miami Dolphins within the 1972 Tremendous Bowl.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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