Fans Left Heartbroken After Hearing about Joe Walton’s Death
Heartbreaking news of Joe Walton’s death has been revealed on social media and shocked many fans and friends on August 15, 2021. Legendary football player and coach Joe Walton died on Sunday at the age of 85.
Walton retired after 20 years as the football coach and creator of the popular football program at Robert Morris University. He played eight seasons in the National Football League as a pass-catching tight end for the Redskins and Giants.
The Pennsylvania native served as head coach of the New York Jets for seven seasons. He has also worked as an assistant coach for the New York Giants, the New York Jets, the Washington Redskins, and the Pittsburgh Steelers during a 20-year period.
Joseph Frank Walton was born on December 15, 1935, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Before his professional career, he was a football star at Beaver Falls High School.
He starred at the University of Pittsburgh before playing in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. On July 27, 1993, he was chosen as the head coach of the newly formed Robert Morris University football team. Walton remained in this position until the conclusion of the 2013 season.
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What was Joe Walton’s Death Cause?
Although Walton’s death has been confirmed on social media by his friends, there isn’t any official detail surrounding Joe Walton’s death cause at this time. His family also has not released any statement surrounding his passing at this time.
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Walton, a former Pitt player, started his playing and coaching career at the University of Pittsburgh in 1953. He was named an All-American in 1955 and 1956 and was selected as a co-captain during his senior season.
After his playing career, Walton began his NFL coaching career, starting as a scout for the New York Giants (1965–68). He then transitioned to wide receivers coach (1969–73).
Walton moved on to the Redskins as running backs coach to gain coaching experience from George Allen. He received his only chance as an NFL head coach with the New York Jets, where he served from 1983 to 1989 and finished with a career record of 54-59.
The legendary football name returned to Western Pennsylvania to finish his coaching career. Walton served as the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers from1990 to 1991.
Walton’s wife, Ginger, passed away in September 2007 after 47 years of marriage. He currently lived in Beaver Falls with his second wife, Patty Sheehan Walton. He is survived by his two daughters, Jodi and Stacy, and one son, Joe, and six grandchildren.
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Reactions to Joe Walton’s Death
Shortly after the sad news of Joe Walton’s death came out, many devastated fans and friends paid poignant tributes to him and spread their condolence through social media.
Head football coach Jake Nulph wrote on Twitter: “Coach Walton was more than just a football coach. He was a great man who taught us life lessons to become better people. His teachings reached far beyond X’s & O’s. Teachings that I share with my team today. Thank you for everything you have done for me!”
Joe Theismann tweeted: “Coach Joe Walton passed today. He was my coach and my friend. He taught me how to play QB at the pro level. He touched so many lives, whether it was in pro ball or at the college level. We all have a part of Joe with us. Rest In Peace, Pops.”
“Remembering Coach Joe Walton and his positive impact on everyone, even the play-by-play guy. I’ll forever cherish his friendship & “pep talk” phone calls right when they were needed,” one fan said on Twitter.
“The legacy that Joe Walton left at RMU is nothing short of superb. There’s a reason his name is the first you see when you enter campus in Moon. RIP,” another fan tweeted.
It is a difficult time for Walton’s family and friends. Words cannot express our deep sorrow from the passing of the legendary coach, and we ask you all to keep Joe, his family, his friends, and all of his loved ones in your thoughts through this agonizing time.