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Walt Garrison
Date of birth: July 23, 1944 (1944-07-23) (age 65)
Place of birth: Denton, Texas
Career information
Position(s): Running back
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Jersey №: 32
College: Oklahoma State
NFL Draft: 1966 / Round: 5 / Pick: 79
 As player:
1966-1974 Dallas Cowboys
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls: 1
Playing stats at

Walter Benton Garrison (born July 23, 1944, in Denton, Texas) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. Garrison was drafted in the fifth round of the 1966 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State University where he was a two-time All Big Eight Conference choice.

When he was young, Garrison attended Lewisville High School.

Known for his toughness and dependability, Garrison took over at fullback after the retirement of Don Perkins in 1968. He led the team in receiving in 1971 with 40 catches and a 9.9 per catch average. He finished his career with 3,886 yards rushing and 1,794 yards receiving.

A "real" cowboy, Garrison spent time on the professional rodeo circuit during the football off-seasons. His signing bonus with the Cowboys in 1966 included a horse trailer. A knee injury he sustained in an exhibition steer wrestling accident at the College National Rodeo Finals in 1974 ended his pro football career.

Garrison was a long-time spokesman for Skoal smokeless tobacco. In 1988 he published his biography "Once a Cowboy" with writer John Tullius. The title is a reference to not only his rodeo cowboy career, but also his career with the Dallas Cowboys, and his college career as one of the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

One of the more humorous sports quotes was attributed to Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith speaking about Garrison's dependability, "If it was third down, and you needed four yards, if you'd get the ball to Walt Garrison, he'd get ya five. And if was third down and ya needed 20 yards, if you'd get the ball to Walt Garrison, by God, he'd get you five."

Garrison has established the Walt Garrison Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Walt Garrison has also been known to recite humorous poems [1]

PR Dir. Curt Mosher, ed (in English). Dallas Cowboys Media Guide. Dallas, TX: Dallas Cowboys Football Club. p. 20.  



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