Former OSU running back, Dallas Cowboy Walt Garrison dies at 79

Former OSU running back, Dallas Cowboy Walt Garrison dies at 79

Garrison led the Big Eight Conference in rushing in 1964, outgaining Gayle Sayers of Kansas. He was a Super Bowl champion with Dallas in 1972.

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

| Oct 12, 2023, 12:39pm CDT

Ben Hutchens

By Ben Hutchens

Oct 12, 2023, 12:39pm CDT

Walt Garrison, an Oklahoma State running back from 1962-65, died this week at 79.

Garrison grew up in Lewisville, Texas and began his football career at OSU as a linebacker. He played that position for a season, before moving to running back, where he excelled. 

Garrison was the Big Eight Conference leading rusher his junior season in 1964, outgaining Gale Sayers of Kansas. His senior season was even better. Garrison rushed for 924 yards. In his last college game, the Cowboys beat Oklahoma 17-16, ending a 19-year drought in the series for the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys selected Garrison in the fifth round of the 1966 NFL Draft, and it was the start of a fruitful nine-year professional career played entirely for the Cowboys. 

Garrison was a part of the 1972 Dallas team that beat Miami in Super Bowl VI to claim the franchise’s first championship. 

During the football offseason, Garrison traveled on the professional rodeo circuit and in 2018 was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. He enjoyed bareback riding, bull riding, calf roping and steer wrestling. 

Garrison is a member of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Oklahoma State Athletics Hall of Honor. 

 

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