Denton, Texas, native and Lewisville High School alum Garrison played linebacker for the school’s football, basketball, and baseball teams. He received a linebacker scholarship to pursue his football career at Oklahoma State University.
In 1962, as a freshman, he started at linebacker for the freshman squad in two games (against Arkansas and Oklahoma). Although Garrison had never played running back in high school, when Phil Cutchin took over as head coach in 1963, he was immediately shifted to that position.
Garrison, a reserve player, concluded his sophomore season with 387 running yards, placing him tenth in the Big Eight Conference. He was only twelve yards behind the team’s best rusher, George Thomas.
Walt Garrison’s Cause of Death Explored
In a report posted on their website on Thursday, the NFL team revealed that Garrison had died during the night. There was no mention of the cause of death.
Garrison, who played with the Cowboys for nine years after being drafted in the fifth round out of Oklahoma State University, retired in 1974 as the team’s third all-time leading rusher and fourth all-time leading receiver. He averaged 4.32 yards per carry and finished with 3,491 yards on the ground, good for tenth place on Dallas’ all-time list.
Butch Baker’s death was verified by a close friend in an emotional Facebook post that says;
“In 1981 when I asked Roger Staubach his thoughts on Walt Garrison, he said…”The toughest man I’ve ever seen, on and off the field. He played in a game with a broken collarbone and a mile of athletic tape.” Walt Garrison, my favorite Dallas Cowboy died yesterday at the age of 79.”
“A 5th-round draft choice for the Cowboys in 1966, Walt negotiated his signing bonus for a Pontiac Bonneville Convertible and a 2-horse Trailer. He played college for (where else) the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Walt Garrison was not only a professional NFL football player but a professional Rodeo steer wrestler as well. He was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall Of Fame in 2018. I own one Dallas Cowboy jersey…and it’s #32. Rest easy “Little Puddin’” and thanks for giving it your all as an OSU Cowboy, Dallas Cowboy, and most of all…an American Cowboy.”
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