Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Wesley Walls

Wesley Walls

Details

  • Position: Tight End/Defensive End
  • School: Mississippi
  • High School: Pontotoc (Miss.)
  • Years: 1985-1988
  • Inducted: 2014
  • Place of Birth: Batesville, Miss.
  • Date of Birth: Mar 26, 1966
  • Jersey Number: 80
  • Height: 6-5"
  • Weight: 250

Member Biography

One of the most acclaimed players in Ole Miss history, Wesley Walls claimed First Team All-America honors in 1988 at tight end while also being recognized as an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. He becomes the eighth Rebel to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

After playing strictly as a defensive end his first three seasons in Oxford, the 1988 team captain transformed into a two-way player his senior year as a tight end. Walls amassed 36 receptions for 426 yards and three touchdowns at tight end en route to earning AP First-Team All-America and All-SEC honors. As a defensive end, he recorded 140 career tackles, including 19.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, and he led the Rebels to a win in the 1986 Independence Bowl. An Academic All-America and three-time academic all-conference selection, Walls was chosen as a member of the 1980s All-SEC Team and honored as an SEC Legend in 2007.

Chosen by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft, Walls enjoyed a decorated 15 seasons in the NFL, helping the 49ers win Super Bowl XXIV during his rookie campaign. A five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro selection, he played for the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers, and the Carolina Panthers.

The Pontotoc, Miss., native currently works as a real estate developer, and he serves as president and CEO of Delta Furniture Manufacturing. Active in the community, he endowed a football scholarship at Ole Miss, and he was inducted into the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Independence Bowl Hall of Honor in 2001.