Walton was a football name before basketball
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Walton was a football name before basketball

Bruce and Bill only brother combination in Super Bowl and NBA finals

Photo: Bruce Walton at UCLA

The Walton surname and basketball remain synonymous from Bill Walton’s Naismith Hall of Fame career, but once there was a time when “Walton” was a football identity in San Diego and at UCLA.

Bill Walton is one of basketball’s all-time greats that grew up in the San Diego area. He won NCAA championships and national player-of-the-year awards at UCLA. He collected NBA titles with the Portland Trailblazers and Boston Celtics and was an NBA MVP and NBA Finals MVP with Portland.

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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