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January 31, 2020

Walt Corey (1957-59)

Walter Martin Corey (born May 9, 1938) is a former American football player and coach. He played college football for the University of Miami.

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Walt Corey
No. 81, 56
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: May 9, 1938
Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 220 lb
Career information
High school: Derry Area (PA)
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: Undrafted: 1960
Career history
As player:

  • Dallas Texans (1960–1962)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1963–1966)

As coach:

  • Utah State (Asst., 1967-1968)
  • Utah State (DC, 1969-1970)
  • University of Miami (Asst., 1970-1971)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (LB, 1972–1974)
  • Cleveland Browns (LB, 1975-1977)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (DL, 1978–1980, 1983–1985)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (DB, 1981–1982)
  • Kansas City Chiefs (DC/LB, 1986)
  • Buffalo Bills (DC/LB, 1987–1994)
  • New Orleans Saints (DL, 1997–1999)
  • Memphis Maniax (DC/LB, 2000 XFL)
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x AFL Champion (1962, 1966)
  • AFL All-Star (1963)

The youngest of 16 children in his family of Pennsylvania mill workers, Walt Corey was undrafted coming out of the University of Miami (Florida). He signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Texans as a linebacker in their inaugural season of 1960, and his dogged determination and hard hitting earned him a starting position on the Texans’ defense.

Over the next four years, Corey averaged 8.75 tackles-per-game, and hauled in four interceptions while moving from left linebacker to the right. He was a defensive stallwart from 1960-64, helping the Texans win their only AFL championship in 1962 (they would later win again as the Kansas City Chiefs). He was named to the AFL All-Star Game in 1963.

After his playing career ended in 1966, Walt Corey stayed connected to the game as a coach. His career on the sidelines began with a two-year stint as defensive coordinator at Utah State. He held many different assistant coaching positions in the NFL, including handling the defneive line, secondary and ultimately defensive coordinator respoisibilities with the Chiefs from 1978-1986, and as defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills (1987-1994). Corey was also the New Orleans Saints defensive line coach under Mike Ditka (1997-1999).

Corey later held assistant coaching positions with several teams, including the Buffalo Bills from 1987 to 1994 under head coach Marv Levy. Corey was Buffalo’s defensive coordinator for Buffalo’s four consecutive AFC Championship teams from 1990 to 1993. He was also the defensive line coach in New Orleans during the Mike Ditka era, from 1997 to 1999. He was the defensive coordinator and Linebackers coach of the Memphis Maniax of the XFL.

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
27 208-199-3 51.10% 10-8 55.56%

Walt Corey was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) from 1971 to 1999, finishing his career as the defensive line coach of the New Orleans Saints. Over his twenty-seven years of coaching his teams compiled a cumulative win/loss record of 208-199-3.

As the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills he coached two players to award-winning seasons: Shane Conlan, AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1987; Bruce Smith, AP Defensive Player of the Year in 1990.