Fulton Walker, the first man to ever return a kickoff for a touchdown in a Super Bow, has passed away at 58.
For those too young to remember, Walker was an average defensive back for the Dolphins, but his claim to fame was spectacular kickoff return vs. the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVII. At the time, the Dolphins were tied with Washington, and Walker’s return got us right back in the lead.
Unfortunately, two other plays defined that game and overshadowed Walker’s stunning achievement. One was when Kim Bokamper had an easy Pick 6 right in his arms, but he refused to reach up or jump up. Instead, he lazily waited for the ball to float down to him. Meanwhile, Joe Thiesmann came out of nowhere and outjumped Bokamper to bat the ball away. Even though Bokamper is nearly a foot taller. Actually, “outjumped” implies that both men jumped and that both men made an effort for the ball. Theismann was the only one who jumped and made the effort.
The other play, of course, was John Riggins, and we don’t have to go into that one. In a perfect world, Fulton Walker’s kickoff return would have come in a victory. But alas, it wasn’t to be thanks to Kim Bokamper and the Killer Bees all getting fooled on a simple, routine handoff.
Meanwhile, Laremy Tunsil answered questions about his injury the other day. As was already reported, Tunsil admitted to tripping in the shower. Oh brother.