Another one of my favorite Dallas Cowboys was Walt Garrison. A guy who REALLY was a true Texas Cowboy! Walt was born in Denton Texas but attended high school in Lewisville, Tx. He then went on to star for Oklahoma State University and then on to the Dallas Cowboys for 9 years.
You might say this guy went from being a "farmer" (Lewisville) to a Cowboy (Oklahoma State) to a Cowboy (Dallas)!!
When I say COWBOY....he was a rodeo "steer wrestling" star as well! The guy was excellent and (at home) on a horse. He also was as tough as they come in football. At 6'0 and 205 Walt played some linebacker and fullback at OSU...but became a fullback for the Cowboys. When I say "TOUGH" I recall a NFC Championship game played at Texas Stadium. Garrison was the star....and drew a lot of praise for being able to play with injuries....(plural) He kept getting the ball and would perform....with a broken collarbone and broken ankle!! That's right! Both! As I mentioned with Dick Butkus....I ADMIRE any player who can play with pain and perform at a high level!
As mentioned in football and rodeo he was tough as they come...but also was tough off the field. Once he was at a nearby "watering hole" (to Texas Stadium) He was at the bar drinking a long neck beer and talking to patrons. As sports figures mingle in society especially in establishments where alcohol is served they can and will get challenged.....physically. (always someone who wants to see how tough THEY are)
I can't say what this fellow was "serving up" to Mr Garrison (this is a Catholic site!) but the guy was bigger than Garrison. Garrison said politely..."Oh come on...sit down and have a beer I'm buying" The guy was having none of this. Finally he grabbed Garrison....this is when Walt got mad...saying something to the effect "You are going to be hurt" The guy wouldn't relent and Garrison (I'm told) knocked the guy down quickly and then dispatched him out of the tavern by his hair and shirt.
Walt was guy who gave it ever thing he had in football. Unfortunately he gave HIS ALL in rodeo too. Oddly it was a "steer wrestling" event which wrecked his knee and ended his football career.
I'll never forget Walt Garrison....a true Texan, Cowboy.....and Dallas Cowboy! Nor will I EVER forget his performance in that NFC Championship game....with the 49ers! It was my first experience in a suite....and my Dad was there. After the game...my Dad even said, "I've never seen anything like that! HE (Garrison) was the one who won the game by inspiring the whole team!