Dallas Cowboys Icon and Rodeo Legend Walt Garrison Passes Away at 79

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The legendary figure, Walt Garrison, embraced the spirit of the cowboy in every facet of his life. With a nine-season career as a powerhouse fullback for the renowned Dallas Cowboys, Garrison etched his name into the annals of American sports history. However, his love for the wild frontier extended beyond the football field. Hailing from the heart of North Texas, born in Denton and raised in Lewisville, Garrison embodied the spirit of the American West throughout his remarkable journey.

His early years saw him excelling both on the gridiron and in the rodeo arena during his time at Oklahoma State University. Serving as a key player for the OSU Cowboys from 1963 to 1965, he not only led the Big Eight in rushing yards but also earned recognition as an All-Academic Team member. Amidst his football pursuits, Garrison dedicated himself to the rugged world of rodeo, showcasing his skills as a professional steer wrestler.

Following his college years, Garrison’s prowess led him to the Dallas Cowboys as the 79th overall pick in the 1966 NFL Draft. Throughout his nine-year stint with the Cowboys, he left an indelible mark, participating in an impressive 119 regular-season games and 13 post-season showdowns. Known for his dynamic play style, he still holds a prominent spot in the franchise’s history, standing fourth in average yards per rush and ninth in career rushing yards.

Despite his celebrated football career, Garrison’s heart remained tied to the adrenaline-fueled arena of rodeo. In an intimate interview, he confided that his true passion lay in the dusty thrill of steer wrestling. For him, the allure of the rodeo was unparalleled, a sentiment that transcended the glitz and glamour of professional football.

While the victory at Super Bowl VI in 1971 stood as a pinnacle moment in his NFL journey, it was the moments of triumph in the rugged terrain of events like the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo that truly fueled his spirit. Reflecting on his wins and the raw excitement of bulldogging, Garrison’s eyes would light up, reliving the essence of the cowboy life that he held so dear.

With the passing of this beloved figure, the legacy of Walt Garrison will forever remain interwoven with the essence of the American cowboy, leaving an enduring mark on both the world of sports and the rugged terrain of rodeo.

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