Walt Yowarsky

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Walt Yowarsky
No. 85, 58, 78
Defensive end
Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1928-05-10) May 10, 1928 (age 86)
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Career information
College: Kentucky
NFL Draft: 1951 / Round: 3 / Pick: 29
Debuted in 1951
Last played in 1958
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played 64
Fumble recoveries 5
Stats at NFL.com

Walter Robert Yowarsky (born May 10, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a former American football defensive end and offensive lineman.

Yowarsky played college football at the University of Kentucky. The Wildcats appeared in the 1951 Sugar Bowl against the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Yowarsky, despite having played less than five minutes of defense all season, took the field as a third defensive tackle in that game, alongside Outland Trophy winner Bob Gain. Yowarsky recovered a fumble at the Oklahoma 22-yard line, leading to Kentucky's first score on the next play. In the third quarter Oklahoma had the ball at the Kentucky 3-yard line and Yowarsky stuffed the Oklahoma ball carrier for a five-yard loss, after which the Sooners were stopped on downs and Kentucky took possession. In the fourth quarter Yowarsky recovered a fumbled punt. Kentucky won the game 13-7 and Yowarsky ended up as the Sugar Bowl MVP. Kentucky's victory over the nation's #1 ranked team in the bowl game led to an officially recognized national championship.

Yowarsky was selected with the third pick in the third round of the 1951 NFL Draft (29th overall) by the Washington Redskins.

Yowarsky played in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, and the San Francisco 49ers. Yowarsky played in the NFL for six seasons: 1951, and 1954-1958.