"Patulski started 15 games at defensive end last year, logging 44 individual tackles and five quarterback sacks. In the two games with Baltimore, he had three sacks and was involved in 17 tackles. He also had an outstanding performance against Oakland.
He was named NFL Defensive Player of the Week in 1973 after the Bills 24-17 victory over the Colts in Baltimore. Walt won recognition for a performance that included three pass deflections, five unassisted tackles, two assists and a quarterback sack.
Walt was the first player picked in the 1972 college draft. He earned a regular berth that year and has improved ever since. He had a bone spur removed from under his kneecap following the '72 season.
A consensus All-America for Ara Parseghian at Notre Dame, Patulski was voted winner of the Lombardi Award as the outstanding college lineman of 1971. He was also UPI's choice as Lineman of the Year. Patulski started every game in three varsity seasons with the Irish. He played in the Cotton and Hula Bowls and won the outstanding defensive lineman award in the Hula Bowl. Walt set an Irish record for tackles-for-losses and had eight stops for 42 yards-in-losses against LSU in 1971, a game Notre Dame won 3-0.
Management was his college major and he hopes for a future career as an investment broker. Walt was honorary chairman of the 1974 Multiple Sclerosis Appeal in Western New York. Golf, tennis, pool and cards are his spare time pursuits."
-Buffalo Bills 1975 Yearbook