Joe Walter, Jr.
Joe F. Walter, Jr. has played eight seasons as an offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. During his career with Cincinnati, the Bengals in 1988 won the American Football Conference title and narrowly lost to San Francisco in Super Bowl XXIII, 20 to 16. In the spring 1985, NFL draft, Joe was selected in the sixth round by Cincinnati, to begin his professional career. In his second season with the Bengals, Joe earned a starting berth at offensive tackle, and by 1993, he had six seasons of service as a first-team player for the Cincinnati team, which had been created by one of football's all-time greats, the late Paul Brown. Texas Tech University had recruited Joe in 1981, and as a freshman he played well as a reserve lineman to earn his first of four varsity letters. As a sophomore, Joe moved to the Red Raider first team and started the first eight Tech games, before an ankle injury reduced his playing time toward the end of the season. As a junior, Joe returned to the first team and started 10 games for the Raiders. As a 6'6, 270-pound offensive left tackle, Joe as a senior started for Texas Tech for the third consecutive year to complete his intercollegiate gridiron play. Joe earlier had received all-district honorable mention recognition on offense for his line play at North Garland H.S. in 1980, which was the Raider's first season in Class 5A. He also had been the starting basketball center for North Garland.