prestigious "Doak Walker Award" was created in 1989 to
recognize the nation's premier running back for accomplishments
on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. It is the
only major collegiate football award that requires all candidates
to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within
one year of other students of the same classification.
The "PricewaterhouseCoopers Doak Walker Legends Award"
was created in 1998 as a tribute to former SMU All-American and
1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker. The award recognizes former
collegiate football players whose extraordinary football careers
have been bolstered by an exemplary record of leadership in the
SMU running back Ewell "Doak" Walker epitomized leadership,
sportsmanship, and academic and athletic achievement during his
collegiate football career in the late 1940s. The versatile Walker,
who also punted, returned punts and kickoffs, and kicked extra points,
earned All-America honors in 1947, 1948 and 1949. In 1948, Walker
won the Heisman Trophy. His jersey number 37 was the sole number
in the history of SMU athletics to be retired.
Doaker" was a national phenomenon, gracing the covers of numerous
national magazines. After completing college, he went on to play
for the Detroit Lions, where he was the league-scoring champion
with 128 points during his rookie season in 1950. During his six
years with the Lions, he led the team to NFL Championships in 1952
and 1953 and was named All-Pro four times. He was inducted into
the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959 and the NFL Pro Football
Hall of Fame in 1986. On September 27, 1998, 50 years to the day
after appearing on the cover of Life Magazine, Walker passed away
due to complications from a skiing accident.
Sculptor Blair Buswell also completed the 9' H "Doak
Walker" Monument, which is located in the Doak Walker Plaza
at the northeast corner of Gerald J. Ford Stadium on the campus
of Southern Methodist University.