|Date of birth:||January 28, 1919|
|Place of birth:||Laverty, Oklahoma|
|Date of death:||December 7, 1993(aged 74)|
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Walter Velpo Rankin (January 28, 1919 – December 7, 1993) was a professional football player in the National Football League. He played running back for five seasons for the Chicago Cardinals. During World War II, Rankin served in the United States Military. His name is located on the World War II Honor Roll, which shows NFL players who also fought in the war, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During the war, however, Rankin also played for "Card-Pitt" a team that was a temporary merger of the Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers. The teams merged due to the manning shortages associated with the war.
- http://www.profootballhof.com/history/general/war/worldwar2/honor_roll.aspx Football and America: WW II Honor Roll
- Forr, James (2003). "Card-Pitt: The Carpits" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 25 (3): 1–8.
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