Legend of the Year

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The Junior Seau Foundation Recognizes A Legend Each Year That Demonstrates Outstanding Commitment To Family, To Sportsmanship, And To Community.

 Bill Walton: 2011 Legend of the Year

Bill Walton is a San Diego native who became a two-time NBA Champion and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.  Bill was introduced to the game of basketball while in the fourth grade at Blessed Sacrament Elementary School.  He attended Helix, where his team won the California Interscholastic Federation High School title two years in a row; while winning their final 49 consecutive games.  Bill enrolled at UCLA in 1970, where he played center for Coach John Wooden’s varsity team for three seasons (1972-1974) after playing one season with the freshman team in 1971. 

While at UCLA, the “Big Red-Head” was a member of two undefeated NCAA championship teams compiling a men’s NCAA record 88 consecutive game winning streak.  At UCLA, Bill was a scholar-athlete who also earned Academic All-America honors three years in a row.  He graduated with honors with a B.A. in history. 

Bill was drafted as the number one overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.  Bill won his first professional championship with the Trail Blazers in 1977.  He played with the Trail Blazers from 1974 – 1979, the San Diego Clippers 1979 – 1984, the relocated Los Angeles Clippers in 1985, and the Boston Celtics 1985 – 1988.  Bill won his second professional championship in 1986 as a member of the Boston Celtics.  Injuries forced Bill from the game and the NBA after the 1988 season with the Boston Celtics.  

Bill Walton was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, 1978; all-NBA First Team, 1978; NBA All-Star 1977 and 1978; NBA Playoff’s MVP, 1977; all-NBA second team, 1977; winner of the NBA Sixth Man Award, 1986.  Walton is second of only five players in the history of the NBA to lead the league in both blocked shots and rebounding in the same season.

Bill was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts on May 10, 1993.

Bill was enshrined in the Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 1994.

William Theodore Walton III was born November 5, 1952 in San Diego, California.  Bill and his wife Lori make their home in their beloved San Diego and are the proud parents of four sons:  Adam, Nathan, Luke and Chris.

The Junior Seau Foundation Proudly Honors Legends of the Year on the Wall of Fame at SEAU’S the Restaurant:

2000:  Sid Brooks

2001:  Lance Alworth

2002:  Sid Gillman

2003:  Don Coryell

2004:  Marcus Allen

2005:  Deacon Jones

2006:  Bobby Ross

2007:  Warren Moon

2008:  Marshall Faulk

2009:  Charlie Joiner

2010:  John Lynch