Irving, TX-Former Ole Miss All-American Wesley Walls has been selected to the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 as announced Thursday by the National Football Foundation.
One of the most acclaimed players in Ole Miss history, Walls received first team All-America honors in 1988 at tight end while also being recognized as an NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
The Pontotoc, Mississippi, native, who went on to enjoy a successful NFL career, becomes the ninth former player or coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as an Ole Miss Rebel. Two other members of the Ole Miss family have also been enshrined in the hall.
Ole Miss in the College Football Hall of Fame
- Bruiser Kinard (1951)
- Charlie Conerly (1965)
- Barney Poole (1974)
- John Vaught (1979)
- Doug Kenna* (1984)
- Thad “Pie” Vann** (1987)
- Archie Manning (1989)
- Parker Hall (1991)
- Jake Gibbs (1995)
- Charlie Flowers (1997)
- Wesley Walls (2014)
* Kenna was inducted as an Army player; was on the 1941 Ole Miss freshman team with fellow hall of famers Conerly and Poole
** Vann was inducted as a Southern Miss coach; played at Ole Miss from 1926-28 and was captain of the ’28 squad
“I could not be prouder to see our rich Hall of Fame tradition continue with Wesley,” said Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze. “He had an amazing career and is very deserving of this honor. Wesley was a tremendous representative for Ole Miss for so many years in the NFL, and now he will represent us among the elite to ever play college football.”
“We are honored to have Wesley represent Ole Miss on this incredible stage,” Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork said. “With his outstanding success on the field and in the classroom, he epitomizes the type of student-athlete we strive to produce in all of our sports. Congratulations to Wesley as well as our 10 previous Hall of Fame inductees.”
After playing strictly as a defensive end his first three seasons in Oxford, Walls transformed into a two-way player his senior year when the team needed a tight end. The 1988 team captain amassed 36 receptions for 426 yards and three touchdowns at tight end en route to earning AP first team All-America and All-SEC honors.