Walt Jean

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Walt Jean
Position: Offensive Lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1898-01-02)January 2, 1898
Place of birth: Chillicothe, Ohio, United States
Date of death: March 28, 1961(1961-03-28) (aged 63)
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 231 lb (105 kg)
Career information
College: Bethany College, Heidelberg College, Tiffin University
Career history
Career NFL statistics
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Player stats at PFR

Walter LeJeune Jean (January 2, 1898 – March 28, 1961)[1] was a professional football player from Chillicothe, Ohio. Jean was born and began his pro career as Walter LeJeune.


After high school, Jean attended Bethany College, Heidelberg College and Tiffin University. During his senior year in 1922, Bethany imported four players who had played at the professional level and challenged the top teams in college football.[2]


He made his professional debut in the National Football League in 1922 with the Akron Pros. He later played for the Green Bay Packers, Frankford Yellow Jackets, Pottsville Maroons and Milwaukee Badgers over the course of his career. In 1927, after playing in just two games with the Maroons, Jean travelled to Portsmouth, Ohio to join a team fielded by Jim Thorpe, called the Portmouth Shoe-Steels. There he served as an offensive lineman and as an assistant coach. By the end of November though, Thorpe left the team and the head coaching duties went straight to Jean.[3]


Jean would be the last player from Tiffin University to play in the NFL, until Nate Washington of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.[4]