In the 1983 USFL draft, the Los Angeles Express, who would sign Steve Young the next year, picked Walter in the 20th round, with the 240th pick of the draft. The USFL draft went 24 rounds that year. Walter didn’t play in the USFL; instead he signed on with the Cowboys and was with Dallas for 1983. He joined the Niners just in time for the 18-1 season in 1984, became a mainstay of the linebacker corps in the late ’80s, leading the team in tackles in 1987, ’88, and ’89, and eventually retired after the 1993 season.
Before Super Bowl XXIV, Walter said: “John Elway is a guy I’ve been chasing all the way back to when I was at Oregon and he was at Stanford.” Walter said this too: ”We’ve learned that the offense we have is an incredible one and that we will probably never match it in stature. So, we go out as a unit and just try to get the ball back to the offense. Then, like everyone else, we can stand there and watch Joe Montana go to work.”