Dick Walker (American football)

Dick Walker
Position: Center, linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1933-01-21) January 21, 1933
Place of birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Date of death: January 14, 2013(2013-01-14) (aged 79)
Place of death: Las Vegas, Nevada
Career information
High school: Cleveland (OH) East
College: John Carroll
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards

Richard Walker (born January 21, 1933) is an American former football coach and player. He has worked at the professional, college and high school levels. He coached on two Super Bowl-winning teams with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League.

Early life

Walker is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Cleveland's East High School where he played football.[1] Walker played college football at John Carroll University in nearby University Heights, Ohio. He played four years (three as a starter) at center and linebacker for the Blue Streaks, including playing all 60 minutes of every game in his junior and senior seasons. He was a three-time letterman. He graduated from John Carrol University in 1955.[2]

Coaching career

Walker has spent most of his life coaching football. In the early 1960s he compiled a record of 51–11–3 as head coach at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio.[1] He got his first college coaching job in 1967 mentoring defensive backs at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. After two seasons at Toledo he spent a year coaching at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

The New England Patriots gave Walker his first professional football opportunity as their defensive backs coach in 1977. The following season, Walker took a similar position with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Walker was on the staff of two Pittsburgh teams which won Super Bowls, in 1978 and 1979. He left the Steelers after the 1981 season.

Walker later coached with the Canadian Football League's Montreal Concordes[3] the short-lived United States Football League's Chicago Blitz[4] and at various high schools in Georgia and Las Vegas.


Walker was inducted into John Carroll University's Hall of Fame in 2006.[2]


  1. 1 2 Sheeley, Glenn (March 8, 1978). "Steelers Hire Aide, Promote Coaches". Pittsburgh Press. p. C-19. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  2. 1 2 "Dick Walker bio". John Carroll University Athletics. Archived from the original on December 21, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2011. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. "Alouettes complete coaching staff". The Ledger. AP. p. 5D. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
  4. "Extra Points". Pittsburgh Press. November 11, 1982. p. C-2. Retrieved December 21, 2011.
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