Wesley Walls selected to College Football Hall of Fame

WESLEY WALLS

Ole Miss
Tight End-Outside Linebacker
6-5, 250, Pontotoc, Miss.

NFL: Tight End
San Francisco 49ers (1989-1993), New Orleans Saints (1994-1995), Carolina Panthers (1996-2002), Green Bay Packers (2003)

OLE MISS: Earned four letters while playing for Coach Billy Brewer’s Rebels ... Chosen to Athlon Sports All-Time Rebel Team (1893-1995) as tight end ... Named to 1980s All-Southeastern Conference Team ... Earned first team Associated Press All-America honors in his only year as a tight end, 1988, when he caught 36 passes for 426 yards and three TDs ... Was also selected second-team All-America by The Sporting News and United Press International ... Named first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and the SEC Coaches ... Selected as the Outstanding Senior of the Ole Miss team by the Jackson Touchdown Club ... Had seven receptions for 79 yards and a key quarterback sack in 1988 upset of Alabama ... Co-captain of the 1988 team ... As a defensive end-outside linebacker, had 133 career tackles before being switched to tight end ... Played both ways senior season ... Was credited with 140 tackles, 19 ½ tackles for loss (-61 yards) and 5 ½ QB sacks (-51 yards) during Ole Miss career ... Selected to play in the 1988 Senior Bowl, Blue-Gray and East-West All-Star games ... Sustained a shoulder injury in the Blue-Gray game and was unable to participate in the Senior Bowl and East-West games ... A first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1988 ... Academic All-SEC for three seasons (1986-87-88) ... Received NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1989 ... Selected as one of 11 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes in 1988 and gave response on behalf of the recipients at the awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City ... Named to All-South Scholar-Athlete team by Southern Magazine ... Clower-Walters Scholarship Award recipient at Ole Miss in the Spring of 1989 ... During his senior year at Ole Miss, was selected Colonel Rebel and to the University of Mississippi Student Hall of Fame, as well as being named to “Who’s Who Among American Colleges & Universities” ... As a freshman in 1985, received the National Football Foundation Ole Miss Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award. ... Member of Dean’s Honor Roll and UMAA Honor Roll... Chosen to Independence Bowl Hall of Honor in 2001 ...  Selected to Ole Miss M-Club Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005 ... Named SEC Legend in 2007 ... Received Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation Ole Miss Chapter in 2009.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Selected in the second round (56th overall) of the 1989 National Football League draft by the San Francisco 49ers ... Had 450 career receptions for 5,291 yards and 54 touchdowns during his 15-year NFL career ... Was with 49ers five years (1989-93) and was a member Super Bowl XXIV Championship squad in 1990 ... Also played two years (1994-95) with the New Orleans Saints,  seven years (1996-02) with the Carolina Panthers, and one year (2003) with the Green Bay Packers ... Upon his retirement, he was considered one of the premier tight ends in the game ... Four-time All-Pro (1996, 1997, 1999, 2001) and five-time Pro Bowl selection (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001) ... Represented the Carolina Panthers at NFL Kickoff in New York City in 2012 ... Selected Mississippi Professional Athlete of the Year in 1997 by the Jackson Touchdown Club.

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Mississippi All-State choice of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger/Daily News senior season  ... Made Mississippi SportsWriters Association All-State second team ... Rated by Max Emfinger as one of the Top 10 collegiate prospects in Mississippi ... Named to Daily Journal All-Northeast Mississippi squad and was a member of the Super 20 Team chosen by the Commercial Dispatch ... Played in 1985 Mississippi High School All-Star game ... Helped lead the Pontotoc Warriors to a 9-2 record and the District 1 Class 3A Championship ... As a senior, played fullback and rushed for 1,153 yards while scoring 11 touchdowns ... Also played defensive end ... Returned an interception 40 yards for a TD against Amory, ran for 196 yards and two TDs in 28-20 win over Okolona, had a 51-yard TD sprint against Memphis Skyview, blocked a punt in the end zone for a safety against Shannon, and was on the receiving end of a nine-yard TD pass in 26-0 victory over Ripley ... Earned four letters in football, three in basketball, two in baseball and one in track ... As a senior, hit .452 with 17 home runs ... Coached in high school by Tommy Morton ... Played quarterback at South Pontotoc High School his junior year before transferring to Pontotoc High.

PERSONAL: Son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Walls ... Born: March 26, 1966 in Batesville, Miss.  ... Received BE in General Engineering degree from Ole Miss in 1991... Married to the former Christy Washington ... Parents of three children – Jennifer, Alexandria and Colton, who was a member of the Ole Miss football squad in 2013 ...  Wesley and Christy, gave $100,000 to the University of Mississippi in 1998, establishing a football scholarship in their honor.

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