10 Quotes about Joe Walton: Robert Morris University 10 Quotes about Joe Walton | Robert Morris University



“I liked football so much, but playing against Joe...  he turned me into a baseball player.” – Tito Francona, childhood friend and former Major League Baseball outfielder/first baseman


"When I think of Joe Walton, I think of the relationship that he has with our student athletes. The respect that those kids have for Joe and the program is tremendous.” – John Banaszak, assistant head football coach and Walton’s successor


“Coach Walton not only established the football program for our university, but he also established a lasting legacy to embrace and a standard of excellence for future teams to aspire to.” – Kevin Colbert ‘79, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager


“Coach Walton has more integrity in one finger than most have in their whole hand — actually both of their hands. He’s a true friend who’s always been there for me. He will be missed.” – Hugh Green, former Miami Dolphins linebacker


“It’s been quite an honor and a blessing to have a coach of his caliber as the founder and coach of our football program. I grew up 60 miles from New York City, and as a youngster I watched him as head coach of the Jets. And now I do his annual performance review. It’s surreal!” – Craig S. Coleman, M.D., director of athletics and head coach of RMU’s softball team


“I kid him about it, but he’s been my perpetual employer. He hired me five different times. He’s the best employer I’ve ever had.” – Dan Radakovich, Steelers offensive line coach 1974-77 and former member of Walton’s New York Jets and RMU Colonials coaching staffs


“Joe was more than a football coach to me; he was like a second dad. As a matter of fact, I call him pops.... I lost my dad two years ago, and I feel that part of my dad is still with me because he lives through Joe.” – Super Bowl XVII-winning quarterback Joe Theismann


“Coach Walton and the program helped me through my accident, because when you play for him he teaches you first to be a man and how to handle adversity.” – Camdin Crouse ‘09,former Colonials quarterback and quarterbacks coach who lost a leg last year in an ATV accident


“He was always on you. He wanted you to be perfect. That’s what’s great about him.” – Hank Fraley, former center for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles


“I really enjoyed hearing his stories from his playing days at Pitt and in the NFL. The fact that he coached at the highest level as an NFL head coach is a great asset for the program.” – Danny Bonaventura ‘13, former Colonials defensive back


Joe Walton Hall of Fame Dinner.

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