Walter Abbott coached UMaine football team with personal touch


Posted: May 13th, 2012 by Tom Nolette

By Pete Warner, BDN Staff

Editor’s note: One in a series profiling the 2012 Maine Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

ORONO, Maine — Walter Abbott’s career at the University of Maine nearly ended before it began.

The Rumford native reported to campus in 1954 and arrived at Memorial Gym to pick up his football gear. He was greeted in the equipment room by two tattooed Korean War veterans, who also were freshmen.

“I was a farm boy and a baby and I said to myself, ‘Get out of here, what are you doing in this place?’” said Abbott, who was intimidated by the situation.

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