Joe Walton

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Joe Walton
Walton in 1956 at the University of Pittsburgh.
No. 81, 80
Defensive end
Head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1935-12-15) December 15, 1935 (age 78)
Place of birth: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Pittsburgh
NFL Draft: 1957 / Round: 2 / Pick: 21
Debuted in 1957
Last played in 1963
Career history

As a player

As a coach

Career highlights and awards
Unanimous first-team All-American (1956)
Academic All-American (1956)
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards 2,628
Average 14.8
Touchdowns 28
Stats at

Joseph Frank Walton (born December 15, 1935) is a former American football coach and former player who most recently served as the head coach of Robert Morris University. Walton played eight seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and served as head coach of the New York Jets for seven seasons. He has also served as an assistant coach for several NFL teams.

Early life and playing career[edit]

Walton was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Beaver County, Pennsylvania in 1935, the son of former Washington Redskins guard Frank "Tiger" Walton. Joe Walton attended the University of Pittsburgh on a football scholarship. While there, Walton helped lead the Pitt Panthers to the 1956 Sugar Bowl following the 1955 season and then to the 1956 Gator Bowl in his senior season. In 1956 he was named the co-captain of Pitt's team, was a unanimous selection as a first-team All-American, and was named the Academic All-American team. Walton was drafted in the second round of the 1957 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Walton played for eight years in the NFL for the Redskins and the New York Giants.

Coaching career[edit]


Walton later served as running backs coach of the Washington Redskins from 1974–77 and offensive coordinator from 1978-80. Walton would move to the New York Jets and serve as offensive coordinator there for the 1981 and 1982 seasons. Walton served as the head coach of the New York Jets from 1983 to 1989 and his teams achieved a 53-57-1 record. He served as the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1990 to 1991 serving under Coach Chuck Noll.


On July 27, 1993, Walton was named the head coach of the newly formed Robert Morris University football team. Walton created the team from scratch and turned the Colonials into an instant powerhouse. His teams won five Northeast Conference championships and two NCAA I-AA Mid-Major National Championships. Walton was included on the ballot of the 2004 College Football Hall of Fame.

In 2005, Robert Morris University opened Joe Walton Stadium, the new home to the RMU Colonials. His main task now lies in rebuilding the Colonials to a new powerhouse as the Northeast Conference is now permitting its teams to dole out more than 30 scholarships. His contract to remain the head coach at Robert Morris runs through 2013.[1] In January 2012, Walton announced that he would retire at the end of the 2013 season, which will mark his 20th at Robert Morris. Assistant head coach and former Steelers defensive lineman John Banaszak is Walton's hand picked successor and is expected to replace him upon his retirement.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
NYJ 1983 7 9 0 .438 5th in AFC East - - -
NYJ 1984 7 9 0 .438 3rd in AFC East - - -
NYJ 1985 11 5 0 .688 2nd in AFC East 0 1 .000 Lost to the New England Patriots in AFC Wild-card Game
NYJ 1986 10 6 0 .625 2nd in AFC East 1 1 .500 Lost to the Cleveland Browns in AFC Divisional Game
NYJ 1987 6 9 0 .400 5th in AFC East - - -
NYJ 1988 8 7 1 .533 4th in AFC East - - -
NYJ 1989 4 12 0 .250 5th in AFC East - - -
NYJ Total 53 57 1 .482 1 2 .333
Total 53 57 1 .482 1 2 .333


  1. ^ Emert, Rich (2011-09-27). "Robert Morris football coach Walton to step down after 2013 season". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  2. ^ "Steeler Banaszak will replace RMU's Walton". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2012-09-14.