One of the most versatile players in franchise history, Bobby Walston will be inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame on Sunday, Sept. 22 when the Eagles host the Detroit Lions at 1 p.m. The official announcement was made during a special halftime ceremony Thursday evening as part of the Eagles Legends Homecoming Game in which over 90 franchise greats returned to celebrate their time with the Eagles.
Walston's enshrinement into the Eagles Hall of Fame will take place during Eagles Fantennial Weekend, a celebration of football, family, and the NFL's 100th season.
A two-time Pro Bowler and member of the NFL 1950s All-Decade Team, Walston was one of the league's most unique talents, excelling at wide receiver and tight end while also serving as the Eagles' placekicker throughout his 12-year career in Philadelphia. From 1951-62, Walston led the NFL in points scored (881, second most in franchise history) and ranked fourth in receptions (311), fifth in receiving yards (5,363), and sixth in receiving touchdowns (46, including 11 touchdowns in 1954). His 25-point performance at Washington on October 17, 1954 still stands as the Eagles' single-game scoring record.
"As we fondly look back on and celebrate 100 years of history in the National Football League, we found that Bobby's induction into the Eagles Hall of Fame this year would be very fitting," said Jeffrey Lurie, Philadelphia Eagles Chairman and CEO. "During the selection process, we really wanted to take a careful look at our history and honor someone who was deserving, but may have been overlooked over the years. Bobby was versatile, an NFL Champion, and one of the most talented pass-catchers of his era. In addition to being part of the 1950's All-Decade team, Bobby Walston set a powerful example for the generations of players that followed him at his position."
Following his playing career, Walston continued to demonstrate his passion for football. He spent time in the Eagles' front office, became the special teams coach for the inaugural 1966 Miami Dolphins, and served as personnel director of the Chicago Bears from 1968-75.
The Columbus, Ohio native passed away on October 7, 1987 at the age of 58.