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Former Dolphin, Raider Fulton Walker dies at 58

20 Jan 1985:  Fulton Walker #41 of the Miami Dolphins catches the ball after the kick-off during Super Bowl  XIX against the San Francisco 49ers at Stanford Stadium in Stanford, California .  The 49ers won 38-18.    Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy  /Allsport Getty Images

Former Dolphins and Raiders cornerback Fulton Walker has died at the age of 58.

Walker, best remembered for scoring the first kickoff return touchdown in Super Bowl history, went into cardiac arrest while working on his farm in West Virginia, MetroNews reports.

While playing for the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII, Walker returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, the first kickoff return touchdown in a Super Bowl. His 190 kickoff return yards in that game and 93 kickoff return yards in Super Bowl XIX gave him a career total of 283, which is still the NFL’s all-time record for career kickoff return yards in the Super Bowl.

Walker played running back and defensive back as well as returning kicks during his college career at West Virginia, and he was also drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, although he chose not to pursue a professional baseball career.

After retiring from the NFL, Walker coached baseball and football at the West Virginia school he attended as a teenager, Martinsburg High School.

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16 Responses to “Former Dolphin, Raider Fulton Walker dies at 58”
  1. xinellum says: Oct 13, 2016 1:24 PM

    I am from Hagerstown and remember when Walker played for the Martinsburg team in high school and it was like a men amongst boys when he played. Followed him his whole career and this is sad from a personal aspect as I remember seeing him play when he was 16 years old and just being amazed at his skillset. When he made it to the pros it was like one of our own had made it even though I didn’t go to his school, it was just the proximity. Very sad and bless his soul.

  2. chippys lost binky says: Oct 13, 2016 1:26 PM

    RIP Fulton Walker.

  3. kane337 says: Oct 13, 2016 1:33 PM

    Wow, he was a good player. I remember those 80’s games he played with the Dolphins. Rest in peace Fulton.

  4. hanspard says: Oct 13, 2016 1:39 PM

    If Al Davis wanted you as his return man, you knew you were good, and he was. RIP, Walker.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 13, 2016 1:42 PM

    Wow 58. That sucks and it hits hard because I’m 58 and it places my own mortality right in front of me.

    Too young to go that’s for sure !

  6. finfansince68 says: Oct 13, 2016 1:49 PM

    Sad news – My condolences to the Walker Family.

  7. tylawspick6 says: Oct 13, 2016 2:15 PM

    RIP

    I worked with his son.

    The very first SB of my memory, was SB 17 when he ran one back for a TD off a kick off.

  8. silvernblackpride says: Oct 13, 2016 2:34 PM

    RIP Mr. Walker

  9. aquineas1 says: Oct 13, 2016 2:38 PM

    Classy comments folks. Nice to see.

  10. ncfloyd says: Oct 13, 2016 2:44 PM

    His SB record will never be broken–since kickoff returns no longer exist.

  11. RandyinRoxbury says: Oct 13, 2016 2:53 PM

    very tough news to hear, RIP Fulton.

  12. marmac2768 says: Oct 13, 2016 3:05 PM

    I turned 58 last month, so that sucks big time!! The older I get, the more I read of people dying my age or younger. I don’t know a lot, but we better get ready to meet our maker soon. It could be right around the corner.

  13. connfyoozed says: Oct 13, 2016 3:10 PM

    Very sad to read, RIP. He was one of the first great kick return specialists I can remember growing up, although he was a pretty decent cornerback too. I absolutely remember his Super Bowl TD.

  14. philvil41 says: Oct 13, 2016 5:07 PM

    RIP from Raider Nation. Once a Raider always a Raider.

  15. joetoronto says: Oct 13, 2016 5:10 PM

    He was fun to watch, that’s for sure.

    RIP, Fulton.

  16. mojodoa says: Oct 14, 2016 6:39 AM

    Way too young. RIP

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