Walter Stanley

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Walter Stanley
No. 87, 89, 85, 81
Date of birth (1962-11-05) November 5, 1962 (age 54)
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois
Career information
Position(s) Wide receiver
College Colorado
Mesa State
NFL draft 1985 / Round: 4 / Pick: 98
Career history
As player
1985–89 Green Bay Packers
1989 Detroit Lions
1990–1991 Washington Redskins
1992–1995 New England Patriots
1992 San Diego Chargers
Career stats

Walter Stanley (born November 5, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former professional American football wide receiver for ten seasons in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, the Detroit Lions, the Washington Redskins, the New England Patriots, and the San Diego Chargers. He played college football at the University of Colorado and Mesa State College and was drafted in the fourth round of the 1985 NFL Draft.

Stanley caught 130 passes during his pro career for 2,213 yards and five touchdowns.

He was a standout punt and kickoff returner. In a game between the Packers and Lions played at the Pontiac Silverdome stadium in November 1986, with just 41 seconds to play, Stanley was instructed by Green Bay coach Forrest Gregg to make a fair catch of a Detroit punt. On his own, he caught the ball and took off running, scoring an 83-yard touchdown that gave the Packers a last-minute 44-40 victory.

In that same game, Stanley caught a pair of touchdown passes from Packers quarterback Randy Wright.

During his college career, Stanley led the Big Eight Conference one season in punt and kickoff returns and all-purpose yardage. But he was suspended from the Colorado team for disciplinary reasons, and ended up transferring to Mesa State. Stanley was selected in the fourth round of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Packers, the 98th player chosen.

He is a graduate of South Shore High School in Chicago.