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Walt Sumner Bio

  Walt Sumner
Walt Sumner

Hall of Fame Class:
1982 (Football)

Walt Sumner, cornerback, punt returner and baseball player, was a defensive leader for Florida State from 1965 through 1968. In 1966 and 1968, he led the squad in interceptions and he led the team in punt returns as a senior. He was responsible for a famous moment in FSU history when his 75-yard touchdown on a punt return at Alabama in 1967 caused Coach Bear Bryant to exclaim on national television, “What the hell is going on?” In game after game, Sumner made key interceptions and used his speed to block kicks. After graduation, Sumner was a starter in the NFL, playing for the Cleveland Browns from 1969-74. On the diamond, he hit .300 as a senior while leading FSU in runs, doubles and total bases.


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