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    Default Redskins Spotlight: Alvin Walton

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    With the playoffs well under way, and our lack of involvement in them, I thought I would try out something new: a short (puff piece) biopic of some of my favorite 'Skins from past years. This initial post describes one of my all time favorite players from the glory days, aka the Gibbs 1.0 dynasty. Alvin Walton was an undersized but FIERCE hitter back when DB's were allowed to crush receivers over the deep middle. In fact, as a young(er) man I remember watching "hit list" vids in whatever bar or another I happened to be in that showed him leveling a receiver, calmly looking down, and then walking away - without barking - and tugging on his gloves as if to say "next." Epic, and brutal.

    Most of this info comes via Wikipedia or the Redskins History Database. I make no claim to knowledge that anyone else could not pull down with a little research. I would merely like to open up the forum to discussion that does NOT involve the imminent departure of Kirk Cousins or other similarly depressing subjects. Here goes.

    Alvin was born in Riverside, California, and played HS football in Banning. Not coincidentally both places are very familiar to me - one sister still lives in the former and I lived for 16 years adjacent to the latter - but this is not about me. Apologies, and onward. Walton played at Mt. San Jacinto JC before heading to the University of Kansas, where he wrapped up a solid if unspectacular collegiate career before being selected in the third round of the 1986 draft by Bobby B and the B&G brain trust. At 6'0', 180 lbs, he was not physically intimidating even in those days at SS, but he was a ball hawk and separator par excellence. In 77 starts over six seasons in Washington he recorded 12 picks, two of which went back to the house. In my admittedly dim memories, however, his biggest impact was what would never show up on the stat sheet; he was a feared enforcer. I have little doubt that any wideout playing the 'Skins in those years had his head on a swivel whenever he ran a skinny post, crossing pattern, or dig route, looking for #40...with damned good reason. The ex-Jayhawk would take your head off if you didn't keep your eye on him. Many opposing WR's learned this lesson the hard way.

    AW went on to win two of the three SB's the 'Skins would garner from 83 to 91, whereupon he was released and ended up working for FedEx and the USPS before attending barber school. After three years out of football he signed with the CFL Baltimore Stallions, where he won a Grey Cup in 1995 - the only time an American team has done so. In later years, sadly, he and his family fell on hard times. Financial hardship forced his wife to pawn his two rings with the intention of redeeming them later, but they were sold before the family could do so. Nonetheless, he, his wife and his seven children continue to soldier on wherever they now live.

    On a personal note, this man is what was so great about those teams from that era. Tough, hard-nosed blue collar guys who played every down as if it was their last, and would not give an inch no matter what the score or the time remaining. I still get chills thinking about those Richie Petibon defenses, and his part in them. Here's to you, Alvin. Thanks for the great play and the memories, and may you have many good years left to remember them.

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    Default Re: Redskins Spotlight: Alvin Walton

    Thanks for the amazing post! I've tackled Redskins history myself - you can find some of my Redskins great write-ups in our BGO Exclusives forum. One thing I found when spending a ton of time putting together a player spotlight... I got almost no replies - so I just encourage you to not feel like your hard work was not worth the effort - this thread has 60+ views already

    Read my Pat Fischer entry - because Alvin Walton was the same kind of player. Undersized, ferocious, and played way beyond his physical abilities. Very cool that you have a geographic connection to him as well.

    No surprise that Bobby Beathard found him and managed to draft him either - he was a genius at finding hidden gems. I hate to hear that he had to part with the Super Bowl rings. In my opinion, anyone who buys a player's SB ring at a discount is just a horrible human being - unless he plans on handing it back to the player or family after acquiring it. No one should ever have to give up a memento like that imho.

    We are glad you are here - and thanks for providing some distraction from the current Redskins narrative - it is greatly appreciated. Here's to Alvin Walton! I wish I had more time, because if I did, we'd track him down and interview him here.
    Hope you don't mind if I highlight your work on our Home Page!
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    Default Re: Redskins Spotlight: Alvin Walton

    Great write up! I saw it yesterday, but needed time to sit down and fully read it.

    I loved Alvin Walton! He was a beast over the middle. If I remember right, didn't he sport a mohawk for a while?

    Edit:...yes, here it is.
    http://misterirrelevant.com/wp-conte...-walton-89.jpg
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    Default Re: Redskins Spotlight: Alvin Walton

    Quote Originally Posted by Boone View Post
    ...We are glad you are here - and thanks for providing some distraction from the current Redskins narrative - it is greatly appreciated. Here's to Alvin Walton! I wish I had more time, because if I did, we'd track him down and interview him here.
    Hope you don't mind if I highlight your work on our Home Page!
    My pleasure buddy. LOVED your Fischer post - the details are outstanding, in particular the first quote following the piece. Awesome. Mine is but a pale reflection by comparison, but mayhap in future entries I can provide more substance. Thanks for the encouragement and the front row position. Cheers.
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    Default Re: Redskins Spotlight: Alvin Walton

    Quote Originally Posted by DixieFlatline View Post
    Great write up! I saw it yesterday, but needed time to sit down and fully read it.

    I loved Alvin Walton! He was a beast over the middle. If I remember right, didn't he sport a mohawk for a while?

    Edit:...yes, here it is.
    http://misterirrelevant.com/wp-conte...-walton-89.jpg
    Thank you my friend. Amazing pic. Used to have one like that myself...having seen AW's I may just own one like it again. Cheers.
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    Default Re: Redskins Spotlight: Alvin Walton

    I love these threads! Grazie.
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