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 played as a punter. Walden played for 17 seasons, 14 of which were played in the National Football League from 1964 to 1977. Previously, Walden had played 3 years in the Canadian Football League 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 Canadian Football League 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.