Wally Pesuit
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-03-04) March 4, 1954 (age 66)
Place of birth: Steubenville, Ohio
Career information
College: Kentucky
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 5 / Pick: 151
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Dallas Cowboys ( 1976)*
Career highlights and awards
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Games played     48
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Walter George "Wally" Pesuit (born March 4, 1954) is a former American football offensive and defensive lineman in the National Football League for the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions. He played college football at the University of Kentucky.

Early yearsEdit

Pesuit attended Wintersville High School, where he was an All-state offensive tackle, a wrestling and weight-lifter champion in the Ohio Valley Conference.[1] He also practiced the discus throw and the shot put.

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Kentucky. He was named a starter at offensive guard as a sophomore. He was named the starter at left tackle as a junior. He was co-captain and the starting left tackle as a senior.[2][3]

Professional careerEdit

Dallas CowboysEdit

Pesuit was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 1976 NFL Draft, with the intention of playing him at the defensive line. He was waived on August 23.

Atlanta FalconsEdit

He was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Falcons who used him at defensive end. On November 3, 1976, he was released after one game to make room for linebacker Jim Cope.[4]

Miami DolphinsEdit

On December 6, 1976, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins.[5] He was a backup who played different positions along the offensive line. He was cut on August 21, 1979.

Detroit LionsEdit

Pesuit was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions to replace Larry Tearry who abruptly left the team.[6] That season, he started 5 games at center.[7] He was released on August 26, 1980.[8] He was later re-signed during the season and released on November 6, to make room for Rod Walters.[9]

Chicago Blitz (USFL)Edit

In 1983, he signed with the Chicago Blitz of the United States Football League.

Jacksonville BullsEdit

The Jacksonville Bulls selected him from the Chicago Blitz roster in the 1983 USFL Expansion Draft. In 1984, Pesuit played all 18 games as the Bulls' long snapper and a reserve offensive lineman.

Personal lifeEdit

His father Walter V., played for the Cleveland Rams in the National Football League as a 5-8 halfback in 1938.



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