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Bruce Walton (American football)

Bruce Edward Walton (June 14, 1951 – October 18, 2019) was an American professional football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football for the UCLA Bruins.

Bruce Walton
No. 78
Position:Guard / Tackle
Personal information
Born:(1951-06-14)June 14, 1951
San Diego, California
Died:October 18, 2019(2019-10-18) (aged 68)
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:251 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:Helix (La Mesa, California)
NFL Draft:1973 / Round: 5 / Pick: 126
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:33
Games started:1
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Walton attended Helix High School where he played football and basketball. He accepted a football scholarship from the University of California, Los Angeles.

He was named a starter as a sophomore. As a senior, he helped his team rush for 3,810 yards and score 38 rushing touchdowns—both school records at the time, while blocking for All-American running back Kermit Johnson.

He was a three-year starter at offensive tackle and graduated with the school record for consecutive starts (32).[1]

Professional careerEdit

Walton was selected in the fifth round (126th overall) of the 1973 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys.[2] As a rookie, he appeared in seven games, backing up the guard and tackle positions, while seeing most of his playing time on special teams. He returned one kickoff for 11 yards.

In 1974, he was the backup at left tackle behind Rayfield Wright. He appeared in 13 games, starting against the Houston Oilers in place of an injured Wright.

In 1975, he continued his special teams and backup duties. He injured his knee against the Green Bay Packers and missed 2 games. He played in Super Bowl X and with Bill Walton, became the only brother combination to ever play in the Super Bowl and in the NBA finals.

In 1976, he did not report to the team and retired because of a knee injury.

Personal lifeEdit

Walton is the older brother of NBA hall of famer, Bill Walton.[3] He was the owner of an FM station in the San Diego and was also a Director for Competitor Group (CGI).

He played a football player in the Walt Disney film Gus.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2014-12-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Cowboys Ink Bruce Walton". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  3. ^ "Title IX helps baby brothers, too". San Diego Hall of Champions. Archived from the original on November 18, 2011.