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|Position:||Linebacker / Center|
|Date of birth:||December 16, 1936|
|Place of birth:||Thorsby, Alabama|
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school:||Choctawhatchee (FL)|
|NFL Draft:||1959 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12|
|AFL draft:||1960 / Round: 4|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Walter Jackson Burkett (born December 16, 1936 in Thorsby, Alabama) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts, New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Auburn University.
Burkett began playing sports at Andalusia High School, where he was a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and baseball). After his sophomore season he transferred to Choctawhatchee High School and became a two-year starter in football.
He was named a starter as a sophomore and was a part of a team that won the SEC and the National championship. That squad was led by its defense, which registered 6 shutouts in 10 games and allowed 28 total points in the season (no more than 7 points in any game). In his last year he was limited with a chronic shoulder injury, that caused it to be discolcated several times.
In 1988, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He also was named to the Auburn All-Century football team and Walk of Fame.
Burkett was selected by the Baltimore Colts in the first round (12th overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft with a future draft pick, which allowed the team to draft him before his college eligibility was over. He was also selected by the New York Titans in the 1960 AFL draft. As a rookie, he suffered from shoulder problems in preseason, so he was operated on and placed on the injured reserve list.
New Orleans Saints (first stint)
In 1968, after trading top linebacker backup Harold Hays, the Dallas Cowboys acquired Burkett and Dave Simmons for depth purposes. He appeared in 13 games as reserve. He played in only three games, after suffering a broken left fibula against the Green Bay Packers on October 28. The next season he appeared in 11 games as a backup.
New Orleans Saints (second stint)
In 1970, he started 10 games at outside linebacker and was also the team´s long snapper. On November 8 against the Detroit Lions, he became a part of league history, when he snapped the ball that Tom Dempsey kicked on the final play of a 19–17 win, for an NFL record 63-yard field goal.
He co-owned a restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans for five years (1968–73). He also worked as a sales manager for a pipe business and as the marketing vice president with the engineering firm Post, Buckley, Schuh and Jernigan, that designed bridges and roads. He was the county commissioner in Fort Walton Beach from 2000 to 2008.
- "Burkett, Dubose inducted into 2015 Wiregrass Hall of Fame class". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame: Jackie Burkett's legendary NFL career took roots in Andalusia". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "20th class inducted into Alabama's Hall of Fame". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "Packers get Reward for Big Victory". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "Hornung Becomes Saint, Gary Wood Also Picked". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "Dallas Swaps Boeke". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "Inconsistency Is Dallas Biggest Problem This Year". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "2 Cowboys Have Busted Beaks". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "Saints, Cowboys Work Whitsell-burkett Trade". Retrieved February 16, 2016.
- "The 40-Year-Old Boot". Retrieved February 16, 2016.