Walls selected to College Football Hall of Fame

Wesley Walls spent 15 seasons in the NFL, including seven with the Carolina Panthers. (AP Photo/John Todd)

Wesley Walls spent 15 seasons in the NFL, including seven with the Carolina Panthers. (AP Photo/John Todd)

Daily Journal reports

Football took Wesley Walls on a journey from Pontotoc County to Ole Miss to a 14-year career in the NFL.

On Thursday, he was one of 14 players announced as the 2014 class of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Walls will be the 11th Ole Miss player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, which moves into a $66 million facility in Atlanta that’s scheduled to open in August. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 9 in New York.

Born in Batesville, Walls played quarterback for three seasons at South Pontotoc High School and was an All-State fullback as a senior at Pontotoc. At Ole Miss (1985-88), he played defensive end and linebacker for three seasons and was an All-American at tight end as a senior.

In the Rebels’ 1988 season-opener against Memphis, Walls started on both offense and defense. His signature effort came a few weeks later, when he had seven catches and a sack in a 22-12 win at Alabama.

“He had an amazing career and is very deserving of this honor,” Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement.

Walls was a second-round draft pick by San Francisco in 1989. He played three seasons there, two (1994-95) for New Orleans and then rose to prominence in eight seasons (1996-2002) with Carolina.

Walls, now 48, last played in the NFL in 2003 with the Green Bay Packers. He finished with 450 catches for 5,291 yards and 54 touchdowns in 190 games.

The remainder of the 2014 class includes Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas, who died in 2000, TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson, South Carolina receiver Sterling Sharpe and Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf.