In 1981, the Cowboys selected three defensive backs in the 12-round draft. One of them actually turned into a starter - Ron Fellows - for several years while the other two never made the team.
But the real find that season came after the draft, when the Cowboys signed a rookie free agent from Grambling State who didn't take long to make an impact.
Everson Walls not only made the Cowboys roster that season, and not only found his way into the starting lineup, but produced one of the finest seasons by any cornerback in NFL history. Walls picked off 11 passes, which still stands as the Cowboys' single-season record and the most by an NFL rookie in league history.
Walls played eight seasons for the Cowboys, earning four Pro Bowl trips and leading the team in interceptions three times. After Dallas, Walls earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in 1990 and also had a stint with the Browns.
Today, he still lives in Dallas and made headlines last February for donating his kidney to former running back Ron Springs. Unfortunately, after an unrelated surgery last fall, Springs slipped into a coma and his condition remains unchanged.
For his act, Walls has received several awards, being named the Landry Legend Award last year and nominated for Sports Illustrated's Man of the Year.
Apr 25, 2008 at 05:08 AM
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