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Walter Abercrombie
No. 34
Born: (1959-09-26) September 26, 1959 (age 62)
Waco, Texas
Career information
Position(s)Running back
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight210 lb (95 kg)
CollegeBaylor
NFL draft1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
As player
1982–1987Pittsburgh Steelers
1988Philadelphia Eagles
Career stats

Walter Augustus Abercrombie (born September 26, 1959) is a former professional American football running back and kick returner who played in the National Football League. He was selected in first round (12th overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers after playing college football for Baylor. Abercrombie was born and raised in Waco, Texas and was a standout running back at Waco University High School before moving down the street to Baylor University.

As a standout running back for Baylor during the Grant Teaff era, Walter Abercrombie would leave a legacy unmatched by future Bears. As a two-time consensus All-Southwest Conference selection and the school's all-time leading rusher, Abercrombie would lead Baylor to a 26-15 record on the field during his standout career that stretched from 1978-81. During his first collegiate game in 1978 against No. 12 Texas A&M, Abercrombie set the standard for what was to be expected by rushing for 207 yards, establishing an NCAA record for rushing yards in a first contest. He went on to earn 1978 Southwest Conference freshman of the year honors, despite playing in just six games. During his career, he would lead Baylor to the 1979 Peach Bowl, the 1980 Southwest Conference title and an appearance in the 1981 Cotton Bowl. Abercrombie finished atop the Baylor record books in many offensive categories including yards rushed (3,665), rushing attempts (732), career 100-yard games (19) and yards per game (94). Following a remarkable career at Baylor, Abercrombie was a first-round draft pick (12th selection overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1982. He played for the Steelers from 1982-87 before spending his final two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1988-89. Abercrombie currently serves as the executive director of the Baylor "B" Association, the school's 700-member organization of former letterwinners[1]

Abercrombie and his family still reside in Waco, Texas.

NFL career statistics

Year Team GP Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1982 PIT 6 21 100 4.8 34 2 1 14 14.0 14 0
1983 PIT 15 112 446 4.0 50 4 26 391 15.0 51 3
1984 PIT 14 145 610 4.2 31 1 16 135 8.4 59 0
1985 PIT 16 227 851 3.7 32 7 24 209 8.7 27 2
1986 PIT 16 214 877 4.1 38 6 47 395 8.4 27 2
1987 PIT 12 123 459 3.7 28 2 24 209 8.7 24 2
1988 PHI 5 5 14 2.8 5 0 1 -2 -2.0 -2 0
Career 84 847 3,357 4.0 50 22 139 1,351 9.7 59 7

References

  1. ^ "Baylor University Athletics- Official Athletics Website".