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Walter Jones officially retires without fanfare

There will be no farewell press conference for Walter Jones.  The Seahawks wanted to throw one, but Jones insisted no great fanfare be made on his behalf.

(Compare that attitude to the tearful, hour-long self-congratulating spectacle of Brett Favre’s goodbye two retirements ago.)

Jones’ retirement became official Thursday afternoon with a simple team released statement for the nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle.

We gave our due to Jones earlier Thursday and long-time Seahawks writer Clare Farnesworth has a great piece up on the team’s official website.  One his most famous blocks, on Mike Rucker, is three minutes into this video tribute.

The team is honoring Jones by immediately retiring his No. 71.  The state of Washington has also declared Friday Walter Jones Day. 

To celebrate, we encourage everyone to wrack up as many pancake blocks as possible. And then don’t say a thing.

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43 Responses to “Walter Jones officially retires without fanfare”
  1. cmfm45 says: Apr 29, 2010 7:20 PM

    He is/was the best.
    Have a great retirement Walt, greatest tackle ever.

  2. bills83 says: Apr 29, 2010 7:26 PM

    Class at its finest

  3. Kevin C says: Apr 29, 2010 7:31 PM

    The greatest Seahawk and offensive lineman in the history of football.

  4. julieinduvall says: Apr 29, 2010 7:33 PM

    Nice to see that nfl.com didn’t think Walter Jones’ retirement was more important than the draft hijinks currently on their front page. After all, the greatest LT in league history retires every day, doesn’t he?

  5. Laracco says: Apr 29, 2010 7:45 PM

    He didn’t go out with the fanfare because that’s who he is. He didn’t need the spotlight. He was one of the best PLAYERS in the last decade, let alone left tackle. Thanks big Walt. See you in Canton soon enough.

  6. BigBaldPapaHawk says: Apr 29, 2010 7:45 PM

    The NFL loses another great player and man. I hope he gets some well-deserved time off from the game and comes back to coach our Seahawks’ line in a few years.

  7. HellsGrimTyrant says: Apr 29, 2010 7:47 PM

    Enjoy retirement. You more than earned it!

  8. Highway703 says: Apr 29, 2010 7:52 PM

    Damn man farelong to the best offensive linemen I have ever wittnessed best of luck to him in his future

  9. QB_of_the_Future says: Apr 29, 2010 7:54 PM

    If this guy had played for the Colts, Patriots, Cowboys, Steelers, or Eagles, there would be people lobbying that he be eligible for the Hall of Fame next year. Walter Jones made below average players into Pro Bowlers and MVP’s. Talkin to YOU, Matt Hackeysack, and YOU, Shaun Alexander.

  10. chimi says: Apr 29, 2010 7:58 PM

    Wow can’t believe it. One of the best.

  11. nfcbeast says: Apr 29, 2010 8:00 PM

    Runyan would kick his ass…..goodbye fatboy

  12. Hillbilly Jim says: Apr 29, 2010 8:01 PM

    If all players in the NFL were like Walt, Florio wouldn’t have shit to do. You will be missed Walt, you were the best!

  13. Cougar Bait says: Apr 29, 2010 8:14 PM

    Kuods to u, Mr. Jones, on a great career. Enjoy your post-NFL time.

  14. Stone says: Apr 29, 2010 8:15 PM

    Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. He should have retired 2 or 3 seasons ago but instead milked Paul Allen for every possible penny on that contract. Seattle fans will forgive the last 2 or 3 years because they are starved for Hall of Fame caliber athletes up here.

  15. Benjamin C Klein says: Apr 29, 2010 8:16 PM

    He deserves fanfare. Played like 3 seasons in a row skipping training camp on consecutive franchise tags and still let up maybe 1 sack during that time. What a freak.

  16. JoeSchmoe says: Apr 29, 2010 8:19 PM

    Wasn’t Jones a part of a great draft class of O-Linemen? Can someone look that up? I want to say Ogden and Willie Anderson were in that one… if my hazy memory serves correct.
    Peace out Walt. I never knew yee, but respected thy game immensely.

  17. Slow Joe says: Apr 29, 2010 8:21 PM

    Damn, it doesn’t seem that long ago when he was drafted. An NFL career–even a Hall of Fame one–sure is short.
    Have a great retirement, Walter.

  18. SeaColt213 says: Apr 29, 2010 8:22 PM

    Walter Jones- you have been nothing short of EXACTLY what a classy NFL player should be.
    I wish the best to him and his family.
    TOP FIVE BEST WALTERS OF ALL TIME:
    1. Walter Payton
    2. Walter Jones
    3. Walt Disney
    4. Walter Bishop
    5. Walter Cronkite

  19. JoeSchmoe says: Apr 29, 2010 8:32 PM

    Researched my first post… Jones came into the league with Pace in 97. Willie Anderson and Ogden were the year before.
    97 had a hand full of future HOF’ers in it though… damn!

  20. bluestree says: Apr 29, 2010 8:34 PM

    Fifty bucks says he changes his mind in August and wants to come back and play for the Niners.

  21. PULL&SEAL says: Apr 29, 2010 8:36 PM

    Ohh come on, he’ll be back as soon as training camp is over. Wait, that’s not how Walter Jones rolls, that’s what that douchebag Favre does every year. Sorry bout the mix-up.

  22. Gautam says: Apr 29, 2010 8:47 PM

    people talk about fanfare & all that … name one offensive tackle who trash-talks (like DEs & OLBs) through the media ?
    they let their work on the field speak for themselves

  23. Duck Fallas says: Apr 29, 2010 8:48 PM

    This guy embodies class. I wish more players approached their profession like him.

  24. Roger the Dodger says: Apr 29, 2010 8:53 PM

    Impressive. In this day and age, occasionally it is nice to be reminded of players whose egos are smaller than their skill sets.
    Enjoy your retirement, Walter! You deserve it.

  25. simonsureal says: Apr 29, 2010 9:07 PM

    Last sentence of this post is the best this site’s ever offered. Good shit.

  26. comment_submission_error says: Apr 29, 2010 9:13 PM

    The casual fan will never appreciate a guy like Walter Jones. It’s not easy to stand out in a group of elite players.

  27. mikeyclaw says: Apr 29, 2010 9:34 PM

    Thanx for your outstanding career, Walter. The HOF will come knocking someday.
    A Lions fan.

  28. Ken West says: Apr 29, 2010 9:42 PM

    Walter Jones played the franchise tag game to perfection and came out a rich man.
    I wish i could watch that vid but for some reason (fu paul allen) the page won’t properly load on my MAC.

  29. robert ethan says: Apr 29, 2010 10:05 PM

    We’re not likely to see another Walter Jones in our lifetimes.
    No one names their kids Walter any more.

  30. Laracco says: Apr 29, 2010 10:12 PM

    nfcbeast says:
    April 29, 2010 8:00 PM
    Runyan would kick his ass…..goodbye fatboy
    __________________________________
    You are an idiot.
    ___________________________________
    Stone says:
    April 29, 2010 8:15 PM
    Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. He should have retired 2 or 3 seasons ago but instead milked Paul Allen for every possible penny on that contract. Seattle fans will forgive the last 2 or 3 years because they are starved for Hall of Fame caliber athletes up here.
    _________________________________
    And you are an effing moron.

  31. FumbleNuts says: Apr 29, 2010 10:31 PM

    Walt was the man on the Hawks for many years.
    Russell Okung has some BIG shoes to fill.

  32. robert ethan says: Apr 29, 2010 10:42 PM

    Several overweight young men with bad complexions were arrested in Seattle yesterday, after they began inexplicably running up to elderly and handicapped people and knocking them down. Witnesses say some let out a “Yeaahhh!”, but most just silently walked away from their victims.
    Officer Blunt of the Seattle police department gave little sympathy to their excuse that “it is Walter Jones Day”. “I have no idea who the **** Walter James is”, fumed Officer Blunt, “but this is ridiculous. We have an 86 year old with a broken hip, blind people with broken canes and glasses, an 11 year old girl who will have to get a new wheelchair…..who ARE these idiots, anyway?”.

  33. CaptainObvious says: Apr 29, 2010 10:45 PM

    Who’s Walter Jones?

  34. julieinduvall says: Apr 29, 2010 10:50 PM

    QBoftheFuture, WORD. There’s a few other names in that list, but we won’t dwell on it. If I were Shaun Alexander, I’d hang my head in shame, but I’m sure he’s never encountered that emotion in his life.
    One thing’s for sure: If Walter Jones attacked a 20-year-old college student in the bathroom of a bar, he’d be all over the nfl.com homepage. As it is, he’s lucky to get a mention. After all, all he did was redefine what a dominant LT is, and will be, going forward.
    We’ll miss him.

  35. ECS - Brougham Boys 74 says: Apr 29, 2010 11:02 PM

    Zorn, Easley, ‘Tez, Hasselbeck, and Mack Strong were all greats. But “Big Walt” overshadows them all. Walter Jones and Steve Largent stand alone in Seahawk history. I just hope those idiots don’t un-retire his jersey and give his number to Orlando Pace.

  36. BeerDrinkingFool says: Apr 30, 2010 1:00 AM

    Gautam says:
    April 29, 2010 8:47 PM
    people talk about fanfare & all that … name one offensive tackle who trash-talks (like DEs & OLBs) through the media ?
    ——-
    Flozell Adams?
    Richie Incognito?
    It’s true you don’t hear a lot of trash from offensive linemen in the media. But, then again, how often does the media even talk to them?
    Interviews with offensive linemen isn’t exactly something you see a lot of.
    That said, Walter Jones was a great player and seems like a pretty decent human being. I wish him all the best.

  37. stetai says: Apr 30, 2010 1:13 AM

    Why are you comparing him to Brett Favre’s retirement? Compare him to other offensive linesman, not the biggest star in football history. Compare Brett’s retirement to John Elway, Joe Montana, Steve McNair, Wayne Gretzky and other QB’s and captains.
    Unfair to compare him to Walter jones’ retirement.

  38. Jack Burton says: Apr 30, 2010 9:27 AM

    The Seachickens suck but Walter Jones was the man.

  39. Chiefs2010 says: Apr 30, 2010 9:38 AM

    He was great at his position, but his position was Left Tackle… not MVP QB or MVP RB
    This is why there’s not fanfare, this is how it works in the NFL
    Just like big hitters and pitchers in baseball.
    When Nate Newton retired the world didn’t stop and adulate him..

  40. finsbooyah says: Apr 30, 2010 10:01 AM

    End of an era. It sucks to say goodbye to an all time great. Good luck with phase 2 of your life Mr. Jones

  41. ZombieRevolution says: Apr 30, 2010 11:10 AM

    (Compare that attitude to the tearful, hour-long self-congratulating spectacle of Brett Favre’s goodbye two retirements ago.)
    Favre is PFTs #1 all-time whipping boy, one of the cornerstones PFTs success story. Florio should be paying Favre royalties. Compare Favre to Big Ben and you see who has real problems.
    Greg used to be a spot on guy with analysis and then he adopted the Florio inane comment style. I’m sure this post will have Favre crying- crying all the way to the Hall of Fame.

  42. footballrulz says: Apr 30, 2010 11:50 AM

    Wait, I thought the best LT of all time was Lawrence Taylor

  43. texasPHINSfan says: Apr 30, 2010 1:18 PM

    one of my favorite players.
    great career. thanks walter, hope you have an excellent retirement! i hope you rubbed off on many players!

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