Bobby Walden
No. 39
Born:(1938-03-09)March 9, 1938
Boston, Georgia, U.S.
Died:August 27, 2018(2018-08-27) (aged 80)
Bainbridge, Georgia, U.S.
Career information
CFL statusAmerican
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight192 lb (87 kg)
High schoolCairo (Cairo, Georgia)
Career history
As player
19611963Edmonton Eskimos
1963Hamilton Tiger-Cats
1964–1967Minnesota Vikings
1968–1977Pittsburgh Steelers
Career highlights and awards

Robert Earl Walden (March 9, 1938 – August 27, 2018)[1] was an American professional football player who was a punter in the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL). Walden played for 17 seasons, 14 of which were played in the NFL from 1964 to 1977. Previously, Walden had played three years in the CFL from 1961-1963. Walden was a part of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl X winning teams.[2]

He led the NFL in punting in 1964 with a 46.4 yard average and was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1969 season.

Before his NFL career, Walden led the CFL in punting, rushing, and receiving as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos in 1961 and 1962.[3]

Walden played for the University of Georgia Bulldogs for three years from 1958-1960. In 1958, as a sophomore, he led the nation in average yards per punt. In 1960, he set an Orange Bowl record for yards per punt.


  1. ^ "Bainbridge resident Bobby Walden's passing inspires look into storied football career". The Post-Searchlight. 2018-09-04. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  2. ^ "Walden: Steeler All-Time Great". November 2, 2007. Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "The Almost All-Time Pittsburgh Steelers Offense". June 17, 2009. Retrieved August 7, 2011.