Call this column an introduction to the newest GamingToday contributor and only staff member to have a Super Bowl ring. In fact, Dick Walker has two with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“The one when we beat Dallas is probably worth about $12,000, the other against the (LA) Rams slightly less,” said Walker whose opinions on football from a coaching perspective will be in GT beginning next week. With all the talk of cheap shots, especially in New Orleans, the only bounty Walker will bring to the betting table will be in ways to view a particular game or personality from both the NFL and college.
“I had an opportunity to coach with the best (Chuck Noll) and it was great for me.” Walker said. “Today, I really like living in Vegas. The weather doesn’t bother me. I’ve been outside in heat all my life being a football coach.”
Though Walker is highly respected in the game and still keeps in close touch with the Steelers, as an assistant coach he missed out on the public acclaim. During his coaching career he served under the legendary Woody Hayes at Ohio State and was in line for head coaching position at Toledo until…
“That was my one regret, that I didn’t push for that job harder,” Walker said. “Bo Schembechler knew I was from Ohio State and wanted his man (at Michigan) to get it. He cost me the Toledo job, but I’ve had a nice life.”
And now he’ll expand upon it giving his thoughts on the football approach from a tactical perspective.
“There is a lot more efficiency in the passing game than when I was there, plus the players are bigger, faster and stronger,” he said. “I think the game is more exciting.”
And GT is excited to have Dick in our lineup. His insight into the NFL will add a great deal to our already extensive coverage of the game, by far the most popular in Las Vegas from the betting perspective.
• Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
• Player: Played four years at center and linebacker at John Carroll (which produced Hall of Famer Don Shula), including playing all 60 minutes of every game in his junior and senior seasons. Graduated from JCU in 1955.
• Collegian: Was 51–11–3 as head coach at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus. Got his first coaching job under Woody Hayes at Ohio State and in 1967 was defensive backs coach at Toledo. He coach a year at Navy.
• Pro: DB coach for the Steelers in 1978. Pittsburgh won the Super Bowl in 1978 and 1979. Was let go after the 1981 season.
• Also: Coached with CFL Montreal Concordes and for the Chicago Blitz of the short-lived USFL. Head coach at various high schools in Georgia and Las Vegas. Was enshrined in John Carroll Hall of Fame.