Fulton Walker, who gave back a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown as a Miami Dolphin in Super Bowl XVII, passed on Wednesday at age 58.
“Fulton passed away of cardiac arrest, and in fact, he was on his tractor on his farm cutting hay,” close friend Rick Pill said Thursday on MetroNews “Talkline.”
With the score 10-10 in the second quarter, Walker took a kickoff at the 2-yard line and returned it the distance to give the Dolphins a 17-10 lead. It was the first kickoff – or punt – return for a touchdown in a Super Bowl. In the amusement, he had four kickoff returns for 190 yards, then a Super Bowl record.
The preferred standpoint did not hold up as Washington scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to post a 27-17 triumph.
Walker, who was from Martinsburg, West Virginia, went through four seasons with the Dolphins and another two with the Los Angeles Raiders, a significant portion of his prosperity coming as an arrival authority on kickoff and punt teams.
Walker completed his profession with 145 punts returns for 1,437 yards and 167 kickoff returns for 3,779 yards and a touchdown. “Too young,” said Rick Wachtel, who invested energy as Walker’s operator. “It’s sad, really sad.”
The Dolphins drafted Walker in the 1981 draft’s 6th round out of West Virginia.
Walker went through four seasons with the Dolphins and another two with the Los Angeles Raiders, the majority of his prosperity coming as an arrival expert on kickoff and punt groups.
“He was a total athlete,” Wachtel said of Walker, who played both football and baseball in Morgantown.