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5. Doak Walker
What is it about the Detroit Lions and their star players retiring early?  Doak Walker did just that as after six seasons he called it a career, but really, and as he stated after he retired, what else had he left to prove?
Walker, who was such a star in college at SMU that the award for the best college running back is named after him, transferred that skill to the Detroit Lions, where he made an immediate impact.  Walker was a Pro Bowler five out of six of his years and was a four time First Team All Pro.  Walker was also used as the Lions Place Kicker and would lead the NFL in Points Scored.  Fittingly, his number 57 was retired on his final game played.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Half Back, Place Kicker
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 1st Round, 3rd Overall 12/21/48.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1955 Season.
  • Games Played: 67
  • Notable Statistics: 309 Rushing Attempts
    1,520 Rushing Yards
    12 Rushing Touchdowns
    152 Receptions
    2,539 Receiving Yards
    21 Receiving Touchdowns
    49 Field Goals Made
    56.3 Field Goal Percentage
    183 Extra Points
    95.8 Extra Point Percentage
    50 Punts
    1,956 Punting Yards
    18 Punt Returns
    284 Punt Return Yards
    1 Punt Return Touchdown
    38 Kick Returns
    968 Kick Return Yards
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NFL Champion (1952 & 1953)
    First Team All Pro (1950, 1951, 1953 & 1954)
    Pro Bowl Selection (1950, 1951, 1952, 1954 & 1955)
    Most Points Scored (1950 & 1955)
    Most Extra Points Made (1951 & 1954)
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