Everson Walls

Everson Walls was born on December 28, 1959 in Dallas, Texas. He did not start playing the game of football until his senior year at Lloyd V. Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas. At the end of the regular season, Walls led the district in interceptions, and then went on to play for Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson at Grambling State University. His senior season ended up being his most productive, leading the nation in interceptions and earning Division l-AA All-American honors.

dal_50greatest_cowboys_22In 1981, Walls signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an un-drafted free agent after all of the NFL scouts passed on him during the draft due to his 4.72 second 40-yard dash time. In his rookie season he led the league with 11 interceptions, earned a trip to the Pro Bowl, and made it to the NFC Championship game with his team to play against the San Francisco 49ers. Walls put on his best ever personal performance that evening, with three deflected passes, seven tackles, a fumble recovery, and two interceptions.

Walls made it to the Pro Bowl three more times after his rookie season. In 1982 and 1985 he led the NFL in interceptions. In the 1982, 1983, and 1985 seasons, the Cowboys fell short of capturing the NFC title, but Walls continued to be one of the best at his position, as he became one of the most feared cornerbacks in the league. In 1987, the Cowboys signed him to a three-year, 5 million dollar deal that made him the second highest paid cornerback in the league at that time.

Everson Walls-Giants Over Buffalo Bills: Super Bowl February 4, 1991 X 40956 Credit: Al Tielemanns- contract
Credit: Al Tielemanns- contract

In 1990, Walls signed a two-year contract for over one million dollars with the New York Giants. They soon faced the two-time defending Super Bowl champion, the 49ers, but this time Walls was not a victim, as the Giants advanced to Super Bowl XXV after winning by a field goal. During the Super Bowl, Walls found himself in another big game situation and made an open field tackle on Thurman Thomas with only 2 minutes to play. The Buffalo Bills kicker, Scott Norwood, missed a field goal and the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl, 20-19. After the victory, Walls only played with the Giants for one more season, and then in 1992 he was traded to the Cleveland Browns. He played only thirteen games as a Brown before retiring in 1993.
Over his career Everson Walls was a 4 time Pro Bowl selection, 2 time Second-Team All-Pro selection, and a First-Team All-Pro selection. He is the only three-time season leader in interceptions, and is ranked at number 10 on the all-time career interceptions list, with 57.

In addition to his professional admiration’s, Walls donated one of his kidneys to Ron Springs, a former Dallas Cowboys teammate and best friend, in February of 2007. The following March, Springs and Everson shared their story with the world during a press conference at Medical City Dallas. Since then, the pair have developed The Gift for Life Foundation, an organization committed to educating the minority community on the illnesses that cause chronic kidney disease, ways to prevent it, and the donor process. They provide blood pressure and diabetic testing, as well as opportunities for children to attend Camp Reynal, a camp designed for kids who suffer from kidney-related diseases.