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.

43 responses to “Walter Jones officially retires without fanfare

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

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

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

  19. 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.

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

  21. nfcbeast says:
    April 29, 2010 8:00 PM
    Runyan would kick his ass…..goodbye fatboy
    __________________________________
    You are an idiot.
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    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.

  22. 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?”.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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..

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

  29. (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.

  30. 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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