Walt Garrison (born July 23, 1944, in Denton, Texas) is a former American football fullback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. Garrison was drafted in the fifth round of the 1966 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma State University where he was a two-time All Big Eight Conference choice.
Garrison attended Lewisville High School in Lewisville.
Known for his toughness and dependability, Garrison took over at fullback after the retirement of Don Perkins in 1968. He led the team in receiving in 1971 with 40 catches and a 9.9 per catch average. He finished his career with 3,886 yards rushing and 1,794 yards receiving.
A "real" cowboy, Garrison spent time on the professional rodeo circuit during the football off-seasons. His signing bonus with the Cowboys in 1966 included a horse trailer. A knee injury he sustained in an exhibition steer wrestling accident at the College National Rodeo Finals in 1974 ended his pro football career.
Garrison was a long-time spokesman for Skoal smokeless tobacco. In 1988 he published his biography "Once a Cowboy" with writer John Tullius. The title is a reference to not only his rodeo cowboy career, but also his career with the Dallas Cowboys, and his college career as one of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He is an inductee of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth.
One of the more humorous sports quotes was attributed to Cowboy quarterback Don Meredith speaking about Garrison's dependability, "If it was third down, and you needed four yards, if you'd get the ball to Walt Garrison, he'd get ya five. And if was third down and ya needed 20 yards, if you'd get the ball to Walt Garrison, by God, he'd get you five."
Walt wanted to have a business
back in the Flower Mound Lewisville area, and has joined the ownership and
management team of the former Majesty's to turn it in to Walt Garrison's.
More than just a name sake, Walt is a hands on owner, and many nights you
will find him in the restaurant, and you never know which of his other famous
friends will be with him. And if you see him, don't be shy, or embarrassed
to ask for an autograph, or shake his hand. The one thing that has always
separated Walt is his good ole' boy friendliness, Cowboy Charm, and his honest desire to meet
people and tell stories.
Walt would like to invite you down, and hopefully he can meet you soon!
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