Rodney Wallace (American football)

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Rodney Wallace
No. 71
Position:Tackle / Guard
Personal information
Born:(1949-02-10)February 10, 1949
Pueblo, Colorado
Died:July 21, 2013(2013-07-21) (aged 64)
Centennial, Colorado
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:Central (CO)
College:New Mexico
NFL Draft:1971 / Round: 10 / Pick: 259
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:37
Games started:4
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Rodney Allan Wallace (February 10, 1949 – July 21, 2013) was a professional American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at the University of New Mexico.[1]

Early years[edit]

Wallace attended Central High School, where he developed into a three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track). In football, he was a starter at nose guard, while contributing to the 1965 Class AAA state championship that beat Poudre High School 14-0.[2] As a senior, he received All-state honors in football and basketball.

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of New Mexico, where he became a starter at defensive tackle. As a senior, he was named one of the team's captains. He received Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors after posting 10 tackles, 3 passes defensed and one forced fumble against the University of Utah.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Wallace was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the tenth round (259th) of the 1971 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he was switched from the defensive to the offensive line,[4] becoming a member of the Super Bowl VI winning team under coach Tom Landry.[5]

He was mainly a backup that rotated from offensive tackle to offensive guard throughout his professional career. In 1972, he left abruptly during training camp after reporting 36 pounds overweight, stating that he was considering retirement, but went on to have a change of heart and returned to make the final roster.[6]

The next year, he suffered a back injury and was placed on the injured reserve list, but was able to return to play in 12 games.[7] In 1974, he underwent spinal surgery. He was released on September 14, 1975.[8]

Personal life[edit]

After football, he worked in pharmaceutical sales. He died on July 21, 2013. His wife was Coralie Wallace.


  1. ^ Epstein, Eddie. Dominance: The Best Seasons of Pro Football's Greatest Teams. Dulles, VA: Brassey's Inc., 2002. 110. ISBN 1-57488-466-2
  2. ^ "Rodney Wallace, Pueblo Central – 1971-73". Archived from the original on July 13, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Arizona, New Mexico Get Wac Player Honors". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Landry Worried About Cowboys". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ Perkins, Steve. The Dallas Cowboys: Winning the Big One. Grosset & Dunlap, 1972. ISBN 0-448-02080-7
  6. ^ "Starr Calls It Quits". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Niland Traded". Retrieved February 19, 2018.

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