Crazy Canton Cuts: Walt Sweeney


Published: May 2, 2009


... Seasons
181 Games Played
9 Pro Bowls

Walter Francis Sweeney was a first round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in the 1963 American Football League draft. He was the second player picked overall.

The Cleveland Browns also drafted him in the 8th round, the 107th player picked overall, in the NFL.

Walt attended Syracuse University. Playing mostly Offensive Guard, Walt was a key member of the Orangemen's offensive line. He blocked for 1961 Heisman Trophy Winner Ernie Davis for two years. He also helped Syracuse win the 1961 Liberty Bowl Game.

He was recognized as one of the top players in the country when he played in the North-South Game, Coaches All-Star Game, Senior Bowl, and Coaches All-America Game. Walt is a member of the Syracuse All-Century Team.

Walt did see action in his rookie year, mostly as a reserve. He got his hands on one kickoff and returned it 18 yards.

The Chargers would end up winning...

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