Wesley Walls

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Wesley Walls
No. 89, 85
Tight End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-03-26) March 26, 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth: Batesville, Mississippi
Career information
College: Mississippi
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 2 / Pick: 56
Debuted in 1989 for the San Francisco 49ers
Last played in 2003 for the Green Bay Packers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 450
Receiving Yards 5,291
Touchdowns 54
Stats at NFL.com

Charles Wesley Walls (born March 26, 1966) is a former American football tight end who played 14 seasons in the National Football League.

Early career[edit]

Walls played high school football in Pontotoc, Mississippi. He spent his first three years as a quarterback at South Pontotoc High School. Before his senior year, he transferred to Pontotoc High School, a rival high school. Walls' transfer caused such an uproar in the area, the case went to court, and Walls' eligibility for baseball and basketball was denied. He switched to fullback his senior year, and made the all-state team.

College career[edit]

Walls' ability at Pontotoc High earned him a scholarship to the University of Mississippi. He actually played defensive end for three years, but became a linebacker in his senior year. In addition, he played tight end. In a rare move under today's football system, Walls actually started both positions in a game against Memphis State University. After realizing that playing both offense and defense would be too much, he became the team's permanent tight end. He was still utilized on third-down situations as a pass rusher, however. He earned All-America honors as a senior.

Pro career[edit]

Walls was drafted in the second round (56th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1989 NFL Draft. Despite early success in his career, including catching a nine-yard pass in the 49ers 55-10 rout of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV, he was second on the depth chart behind All-Pro Brent Jones. He spent the entire 1992 NFL season and 1993 NFL season on injured reserve because of nagging shoulder injuries. In 1994, he signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints. Walls spent two seasons with the Saints, setting the team record for tight end receptions in 1995 with 57. He then signed a deal with the Carolina Panthers to become their starting tight end. It was in Carolina that Walls finally broke out as a player. He made the Pro Bowl five times between 1996 and 2001, only missing it during the 2000 season due to injuries that kept him out for 8 games. While at Carolina, he was also the back-up punter to Ken Walter. After Carolina declined to re-sign him in 2003, he signed with the Green Bay Packers, mostly backing up Bubba Franks, and retired the following year. Walls finished his career with 450 catches for 5,291 yards and 54 touchdowns. Upon his retirement, he was considered one of the premier tight ends in the game.

NFL stats[edit]

Year Team Games Receptions Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
1989 SF 16 4 16 4.0 9 1 0 0 0
1990 SF 16 5 27 5.4 11 0 0 0 0
1991 SF 15 2 24 12.0 21 0 1 0 0
1994 NO 15 38 406 10.7 31 4 23 0 0
1995 NO 16 57 694 12.2 29 4 40 1 1
1996 CAR 16 61 713 11.7 40 10 44 0 0
1997 CAR 15 58 746 12.9 52 6 41 0 0
1998 CAR 14 49 506 10.3 30 5 32 0 0
1999 CAR 16 63 822 13.0 37 12 47 1 1
2000 CAR 8 31 422 13.6 54 2 20 0 0
2001 CAR 14 43 452 10.5 25 5 20 0 0
2002 CAR 15 19 41 12.7 27 4 12 0 0
2003 GB 14 20 222 11.1 36 1 9 0 0
Career 190 450 5,291 11.8 54 54 289 2 2

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wesley Walls Stats". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 

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