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Former Jets Head Coach Joe Walton Passes Away at 85

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Former Jets head coach Joe Walton passed away on Sunday. He was 85 years old.

Walton served as Jets offensive coordinator in 1981 and 1982 before replacing Walt Michaels as head coach. In seven seasons, he posted a 53-57-1 record twice making the Playoffs.

His career took an interesting turn after leaving the Jets. He had a brief stint working with the Pittsburgh Steelers as offensive coordinator. Then he helped found the football program at Robert Morris University. In twenty seasons at Robert Morris, Walton went 115-92-1 with six conference championships. Many coaches try to stay in the NFL for as long as possible, but Walton seemed to find fulfillment creating his own program at a small school.

Walton played eight seasons in the NFL with Washington and the Giants. He worked with both teams in scouting and coaching roles prior to joining the Jets.

We all send our deepest condolences to the Walton family.