William Walter Suggs, Jr.

Born: May 15, 1939

Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS

Year of Induction: 2006


High School Career

Forrest Country AHS, Brooklyn, MS (1954-1957)

• All-State, All Conference tackle

• Team Captain

• 1957 Mississippi High School All Star Football game


College Career

Mississippi State University (1957-1960)

• UPI Second Team All SEC (’59, ‘60)

• Team Captain (’60)

• Senior Bowl (’62)

• Blue-Gray Game (’61)


Pro Career

Houston Oilers, AFL & NFL (1962-1971)

• 3rd round AFL Draft (’61)

• All AFL First Team offensive tackle (’67, ‘68)

• AFL All Star (’67, ‘68)

• Team record 137 consecutive games (’62-’71)

• First ever pro football game in Houston Astrodome (’67)


Special Recognition

• Academic All SEC sophomore team (’58)

• All American Academic Team (’59)

• The Sporting News All Pro (’68)

• Houston Oilers All-Time 30-Year Team (’91)

• Mississippi State Athletic Hall of Fame (’89)

Did You Know?

Walt played in the AFL Championship game on December 23, 1962, in a 20-17 overtime loss to the Dallas Texans, the longest game in the history of pro football at that time (77 minutes, 54 seonds; 6 quarters of play). As a member of the losing team, Suggs received an extra $1,417.09 while the winning Dallas team members pocketed a championship check of $2,261.80.

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