Walter Jackson "Jackie" Burkett
Class of 1988

Category: Football

Born: 12/16/1936
Birthplace: Thorsby, AL

Walter Jackson (Jackie) Burkett was born December 16, 1936, at Thorsby, Alabama. He was one of the finest all-around athletes ever at Auburn University. Although he excelled in basketball, baseball and track, it was at center-linebacker in football where he left his mark, and he was considered outstanding as a two way player. During his sophomore year, Auburn won the National Championship and he was chosen Sophomore of the Year. As a junior he played most of the year with a slight shoulder separation but still made four All-American teams. During his senior year he was a consensus All-American. He was the number one draft pick of the Baltimore Colts, and played 11 years in the NFL with the Colts, the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys. He currently resides in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

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