Michael Walter (American football)

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Michael Walter
No. 59, 99
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-11-30) November 30, 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth: Salem, Oregon
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Sheldon (Eugene, Oregon)
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
Debuted in 1983 for the Dallas Cowboys
Last played in 1993 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history
Stats at pro-football-reference.com
Stats at DatabaseFootball.com

Michael David Walter (born November 30, 1960) is a former professional American football linebacker in the National Football League for eleven seasons for the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.

Early years[edit]

At Sheldon High School (Eugene, Oregon) he focused on basketball, playing just one year of football.[1] He attended the University of Oregon where he was used as a linebacker, before being moved to defensive end as a sophomore.[2] As a senior he was the team captain for the 1982 season and also played in the east East–West Shrine Game.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Walter was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1983 NFL Draft, with the intention of converting him to an outside linebacker.[4] In his new position he struggled covering the pass, so he wasn't used often.[5] The next year he was waived at the end of training camp, after the Cowboys drafted four linebackers in the 1984 NFL Draft.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Walter was claimed by the San Francisco 49ers who moved him to inside linebacker, as the backup of Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds.

In 1985 he became a starter, showing the versatility to play 3 downs and also special teams. He would go on to have a 10-year career with the 49ers and lead the team in tackles in three consecutive seasons: 1987 (94), 1988 (97) and 1989 (103).

He retired at the end of the 1993 season, after winning three Super Bowls and playing 11 years in the NFL.


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