Selected by the Seahawks as the 6th pick in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft, Walter would go on to start every game in which he played as an offensive tackle.
Mike Holmgren called Jones the best offensive player he had ever coached. Teamed with fellow lineman Steve Hutchinson, the left side of the offensive line became an open running lane to the endzone for running back Shaun Alexander’s record-setting success.
Jones gave up a total of only 23 quarterback sacks over his 180 regular-season games, and he compiled many highlights & awards in his 13 seasons with the Seahawks: nine Pro Bowl selections (1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), four-time First-Team All-Pro (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007), NFC Champion (2005). He was also a member of the Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team in 2010.
The Seahawks retired his #71 jersey in 2010, joining Steve Largent (#80) and Cortez Kennedy (#96) as the only player at the time to have his number retired by the team (Kenny Easley’s #45 was also retired by the Seahawks in 2017). The #12 was retired to honor Seahawks fans.
In 2014, Jones was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He joined Steve Largent (enshrined in 1995) and Cortez Kennedy (enshrined in 2012) as the only Seahawks in the Hall to have played their entire pro careers in Seattle.