DOAK WALKER

DOAK WALKER

Class of 1986
Halfback >>> 5-11, 173
(Southern Methodist)
1950-1955 Detroit Lions

Ewell Doak Walker, Jr ... Three-time All-American, 1948 Heisman Trophy winner ... Played major role in Lions' successes, early 1950s ... Ran 67 yards for winning TD in 1952 title game ... Extremely versatile - rushed, passed, caught passes, returned punts and kickoffs, punted, placekicked and played defense in emergencies ... Scored 534 points, won two NFL scoring titles ... All-NFL five years ... Played in five Pro Bowls ... Born January 1, 1927, in Dallas, Texas ... Died September 27, 1998, at age of 71.

Doak Walker, a three-time All-America and the 1948 Heisman Trophy winner while at Southern Methodist, brought glowing credentials to pro football when he joined the Detroit Lions in 1950. Yet many National Football League scouts honestly felt that, at 5-11 and 173 pounds, Doak was too small. They predicted the "big boys" of the NFL would simply overwhelm him.

Walker quickly erased any doubt that he belonged in the NFL. In 1950, he was All-NFL, the Rookie of the Year, the league-scoring champion, and a Pro Bowl participant. The honors kept coming for him.

When Doak wound up his six-season career after the 1955 campaign, he had been named All-NFL five times and selected to five Pro Bowls. It’s no coincidence that, during the his six-year career, the Lions enjoyed their finest years ever with three divisional titles and NFL championship victories over the Cleveland Browns in 1952 and 1953.

Doak was a do-everything contributor for the Lions. His career chart shows entries in every possible statistical category – rushing, passing, receiving, punt and kickoff returns, punting, place-kicking and even interceptions. Because he did so many things, his career figures are not overly impressive except in the scoring column, where he scored 534 points and won two NFL scoring titles. Walker had a knack of making the big plays in the most important games.

In 1952, he returned from an injury-enforced layoff to throw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Leon Hart in the divisional showdown against the Los Angeles Rams. In the NFL title game a week later, Doak rushed for 97 yards, and his 67-yard jaunt proved to be the winning tally in a 17-7 victory. A year later, in the NFL championship, Walker scored the game's first touchdown and then kicked the winning point in a 17-16 triumph over the Browns.

Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1950 Detroit
12
83
386
4.7
5
35
534
15.3
6
1951 Detroit
12
79
356
4.5
2
22
421
19.1
4
1952 Detroit
7
26
106
4.1
0
11
90
8.2
0
1953 Detroit
12
66
337
5.1
2
30
502
16.7
3
1954 Detroit
12
32
240
7.5
1
32
564
17.6
3
1955 Detroit
12
23
95
4.1
2
22
428
19.5
5
Career Total
67
309
1520
4.9
12
152
2539
16.7
21
 
     
Year
Team
G
FG
FGA
XK
XKA
Pts
     
1950 Detroit
12
8
18
38
41
128
     
1951 Detroit
12
6
12
43
44
97
     
1952 Detroit
7
3
5
5
5
14
     
1953 Detroit
12
12
19
27
29
93
     
1954 Detroit
12
11
17
43
43
106
     
1955 Detroit
12
9
16
27
29
96
     
Career Total
67
49
87
183
191
534
     
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 28-7-75, 2 TD, 2 Int; Punt Returns: 18-284, 1 TD; Kickoff Returns: 38-968; Interceptions: 2-60; Punting: 50-1956

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