Former Detroit Lions linebacker Wayne Walker, who once held the franchise record for games played (200) and seasons (15), died Friday in Idaho. He was 80 years old.In 2007, Walker was diagnosed with throat cancer and in 2015 he announced he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
Another Lion great player that I remember watching play has gone on. Walker played on some very good defensive teams in Detroit. He has the distinction of being a part of the College All-Star team that defeated the Detroit Lions in 1958. I thought it was ironic that he would be joining the Lions as a rookie the year after the Lions won the NFL championship(1957). That is the last year the organization has won a championship.
Yale Lary was one of the best all-around football players of his generation, even though he missed two seasons in the prime of his career to serve in the Army. Lary was not only a Hall of Fame defensive back, but also doubled as the punter and punt/kick returner for the Lions during his career.