For Bobby Walston, the glory days are far from over. On Sunday, September 21st, he’ll enter the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame.
The third weekend in September on the 2019 calendar year is a big one for former Philadelphia Eagles receiver Bobby Walston. His Georgia Bulldogs host the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on Saturday with a chance to solidify themselves as a legitimate College Football Playoff contender. Then, on Sunday, the spotlight shifts from the program that helped make him the 166th-overall selection (he was taken in the 14th round) to falling squarely on him.
He’ll enter the Eagles Hall of Fame on Sunday.
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It’s been a long time coming, and it’s an honor that’s well deserved. As mentioned, Walston was taken in the 14th round of the 1951 NFL Draft. Every one of his 148 career games as an athlete was played in an Eagles jersey. That encompasses 12 seasons and includes 126 starts.
His resume as a player (he also coached kickers and receivers with the Miami Dolphins) looks like this. He’s one of the most versatile players the game has known. Imagine asking David Akers or Jake Elliott to line up at wide receiver.
While ‘Green Akers’ might be willing to try it, that probably wouldn’t be a wise idea by today’s standards. Walston held down both roles nicely. Not only does he hold the team record for points scored (881), he also posted some nice numbers as a wide receiver.
His best season as a receiver came in 1954. He caught 41 passes for 750 yards and reached the end zone five times, and that wasn’t even the highest total of his carer. A year later, he caught 31 passes but reached the end zone 11 times.
He was elected to the Pro Bowl twice. He’s a member of the NFL 1950s All-Decade Team, the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, and he helped the Eagles win the NFL Championship in 1960. On Sunday, he’s given another honor, football immortality by the team he gave so much to. Congratulations are definitely in order.