Joey Walters

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Joey Walters
Born: (1954-10-29) October 29, 1954 (age 63)
Florence, South Carolina
Career information
Position(s) Slotback
Wide receiver
College Clemson University
Career history
As player
1977–1978 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
1978–1982 Saskatchewan Roughriders
1983–1984 Washington Federals (USFL)
1985 Orlando Renegades (USFL)
1987 Houston Oilers (NFL)
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star 1981, 1982

Joey Walters (born October 29, 1954 in Florence, South Carolina) is a former slotback and wide receiver who played in the Canadian Football League, mainly for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He later played for the Washington Federals and the Orlando Renegades of the USFL. Walters played college football at Clemson University.

Florence, South Carolina City in South Carolina, United States

Florence is a city in, and the county seat of, Florence County, South Carolina, United States. It is probably best known for being the intersection of I-95 and I-20, and the eastern terminus of I-20. It is the county seat of Florence County and the primary city within the Florence metropolitan area. The area forms the core of the historical "Pee Dee" region of South Carolina, which includes the eight counties of northeastern South Carolina, along with sections of southeastern North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population of Florence was 37,056, and the estimated population in 2015 was 38,228.

Canadian Football League Professional Canadian football league

The Canadian Football League is a professional sports league in Canada. The CFL is the highest level of competition in Canadian football. The league consists of nine teams, each located in a city in Canada. They are divided into two divisions: four teams in the East Division and five teams in the West Division.

Saskatchewan Roughriders professional Canadian football team based in Regina, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Roughriders are a professional Canadian football team based in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Roughriders play in the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL).

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Early career

Walters played football at West Florence High School. In 2006, he was inducted into the Florence Area Hall of Fame.

Clemson

Walters played for the Clemson Tigers from 1973–1976 under head coach Red Parker. He served as co-captain in the 1976 season and caught 26 passes (6th overall in the ACC) for 392 yards and two touchdowns.

Clemson Tigers intercollegiate sports teams of Clemson University

The Clemson Tigers are the athletic teams that represent Clemson University. They compete as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level, primarily competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for all sports since the 1953-54 season. Clemson competes for and has won multiple NCAA Division I national championships in various sports, including football, men's soccer, and men's golf.

Jimmy Dale "Red" Parker was an American football coach. From 1961 to 1965, he served as the head football coach at Arkansas A&M, where he compiled a 29–19–2 record. From 1966 to 1972, he coached at The Citadel in South Carolina. He compiled a 46–37 record there. From 1973 to 1976, he coached at Clemson, where he compiled a 17–25–2 record. In 1981, he coached at Southern Arkansas University, where he compiled a 7–3 record. From 1982 to 1987, he coached at Delta State University. From 1996 to 1998, he coached at Ouachita Baptist University where he compiled a 10–20 record.

Atlantic Coast Conference American collegiate athletics conference

The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is a collegiate athletic conference in the United States of America in which its fifteen member universities compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest levels for athletic competition in US-based collegiate sports. The ACC sponsors competition in twenty-five sports with many of its member institutions' athletic programs held in high regard nationally. Current members of the conference are Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Florida State University, North Carolina State University, Syracuse University, the University of Louisville, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Wake Forest University.

Canadian Football League

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Walters started his professional career in 1977 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He played in four games, catching six passes for 59 yards, before being traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Canadian Football Team

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are a professional Canadian football team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They are currently members of the West Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). They play their home games at Investors Group Field after many years of playing at the since demolished Canad Inns Stadium.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

He finished the remaining 10 games of the 1977 season with the Roughriders, catching 23 more balls for 404 yards and four touchdowns. Walters would go on to play five more seasons in Saskatchewan, culminating in back-to-back West and CFL All-Star honors from 1981–1982.

Walters left the Roughriders and the CFL in 1982, but he is still widely regarded as one of the greatest players in team history. In 1990, he was inducted into the team's Plaza of Honor.

United States Football League

In 1983, Walters signed with the Washington Federals of the USFL. He spent three years with the team, including the 1985 season when they moved to Florida and became the Orlando Renegades. Walters' best season was in 1984, when he caught 98 passes for 1410 yards and 13 touchdowns. Although the Federals had a 12-42 record over the USFL's three seasons, Walters' performance was enough to merit him Honorable Mention honors on the USFL All-Time Team.

Orlando Renegades American football team in the USFL

The Orlando Renegades were a professional American football team that played in Orlando, Florida, in the United States Football League (USFL) for a single season in 1985. Before its season in Orlando, the franchise played in Washington, D.C., as the Washington Federals for two seasons, in 1983 and 1984.

National Football League

Two years after the USFL folded, Walters signed with the Houston Oilers as a replacement player during the 1987 NFL strike. In just five games, he caught five passes for 99 yards while also helping out in the return game.

Post-football career

After he was done playing football, Walters was employed by Davgar Restaurants, serving as the company's Marketing Manager before being promoted to Director of Marketing. He also worked with Burger King Corporation as a marketing representative for the Southeast Region.

Since 2000, he has worked with Florida Citrus Sports, a not-for-profit organization in Orlando, Florida, that produces sports events such as the Capital One Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl. Walters handles operations and team support, coordinating with football operations officials from the participating bowl schools on practices and game day needs. In addition, he is the director of the Florida Classic, the annual showdown between the Bethune–Cookman Wildcats and the Florida A&M Rattlers that is currently the nation's largest HBCU football game. Florida Citrus Sports manages the Florida Classic on behalf of the two schools.

Florida Classic

The Florida Classic is the annual college football rivalry game between Bethune–Cookman University and the Florida A&M University. The game is televised nationally by ESPN Classic as a part of a multi-year contract with the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). The classic has approximately a $31 million impact on Orlando's economy and is annually the largest MEAC conference football game and the largest Division I FCS football game in Florida.

Bethune–Cookman Wildcats

The Bethune–Cookman Wildcats are the athletic teams that represent Bethune–Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. They compete in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision primarily competing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) for all sports.

Walters is also the director of FCSports' summer camp program, a cornerstone of the company's Foundation. The Summer Camp is a free camp for low-income families in Central Florida and focuses on promoting the "Four A's" – Athletics, Academics, Attitude and Achievement.

Personal life

Walters resides in Winter Springs, Florida, with his wife, Patricia, and their son, Leo.

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