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Fulton Walker dead; former Miami Dolphins star was 58

Miami Dolphins kick return specialist Fulton Walker (41)

Miami Dolphins kick return specialist Fulton Walker (41) heads downfield on his way to a 98-yard runback for a touchdown of the Washington Redskins' kickoff during Super Bowl XVII in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 30, 1983. Photo Credit: AP

MIAMI — Fulton Walker, the first player to score on a Super Bowl kickoff return, has died at the age of 58 in his hometown of Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The Miami Dolphins said Walker died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack.

Walker scored for the Dolphins on a 98-yard kickoff return in the 1983 Super Bowl. His touchdown put Miami ahead, but the Washington Redskins rallied to win, 27-17. Walker’s return is still tied for third longest in Super Bowl history.

He played in the NFL from 1981 to 1986 for the Dolphins and Los Angeles Raiders. He led the NFL with a kickoff return average of 26.7 yards in 1983, and with 692 yards in punt returns in 1985.

Walker played in college at West Virginia University.


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