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Wayne WalkerLB
IdahoYears with the Lions: 1958-72
Pro Bowls: 3 (1964-66)Seasons: 15
Height: 6-2Weight: 225
Wayne Walker
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When LB Wayne Walker was drafted out of Idaho in the fourth round 1958 NFL Draft, he was a prospect at linebacker, center and kicker. In 15 seasons with the Lions, he fulfilled two of those projections as a standout linebacker and productive kicker. He finished his career playing in 200 games with Detroit, a team record that he held until K Jason Hanson broke it in 2004.

Behind Hanson, he is second on the team’s all-time list for games played (200) and seasons played (15). As a Lion, he was selected to three Pro Bowls (1964-66), and he ranks seventh on the team’s list for career points scored (345) which includes two return touchdowns (one interception and one fumble), 53 field goals and 172 PATs. He led Detroit in scoring in 1962, 1964 and 1965. As a linebacker, he recorded 14 interceptions for 163 return yards.

He was honored as the team’s defensive MVP in 1968. In 1958, the rookie linebacker returned both an interception and fumble for touchdowns that season and established himself as one of the young stars in the NFL. The former Idaho prep and collegiate star turned broadcaster after his NFL career ended, which included 11 years as a color analyst for CBS Sports.

Walker's Career Lions' Stats
YearTmGIntYdsAvgTD
1958Det1213333.01
1959Det9000.00
1960Det1212121.00
1961Det142168.00
1962Det1414747.00
1963Det1411717.00
1964Det1411414.00
1965Det14200.00
1966Det13133.00
1967Det14000.00
1968Det14100.00
1969Det14100.00
1970Det14000.00
1971Det142126.00
1972Det14000.00