Tulane's Devon Walker (pictured) and head coach Curtis Johnson will appear on Good Morning American this Friday.
May 22, 2014
New Orleans - Former Tulane team captain and recent New Orleans Saint free agent signee, Devon Walker, and Green Wave head football coach Curtis Johnson will appear on ABC's Good Morning America this Friday, May 23 at 7:47 a.m. (CST) from GMA's Times Square studios in New York, N.Y.
(The weekday program airs from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. in all U.S. time zones; Live in the Eastern Time Zone and on tape delay elsewhere across the country.)
GMA host Robin Roberts will interview Johnson and Walker during a three-minute segment. Last Saturday (May 17), Walker participated in graduation ceremonies at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome during the morning and then signed a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints in the afternoon. The Saints have since placed Walker on the reserve/retired list.
A four-year letterman at Tulane and native of nearby Destrehan, Walker played for the Green Wave from 2009-12. He joined the team as a walk-on in 2009 and had moved into the starting lineup and was named a team captain as a senior in 2012.
In the second game of his senior campaign on September 8, 2012, at Tulsa, Walker suffered a career-ending spinal injury when he collided with a teammate while attempting to make a tackle just seconds before halftime. Walker injured his C3 and C4 vertebrae, which left him paralyzed from the neck down, and he spent over three months in the hospital before returning home in December, 2012.
Despite the adversity and extensive rehabilitation that Walker has faced, he has embraced all of these challenges directly and has been an inspiration to others. In the fall of 2013, Walker returned to Tulane's uptown campus and to the classroom to continue his studies in cell and molecular biology.
Walker also returned to the football sidelines as a constant supporter of his teammates in 2013 as Tulane enjoyed its finest season in over a decade and played in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. While taking part in rehabilitation three days a week and completing his studies, Walker spent extensive time with the team, attending meetings, practices and all Tulane football games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, giving a pregame speech to the team prior to each home game.
Walker has been recognized nationally for his inspirational attitude. In 2013, he received the Disney Spirit Award, an honor given annually by Disney Sports to college football's most inspirational figure. He was honored by the New Orleans Fellowship Foundation and the organization renamed one of their annual awards the "Devon Walker Courage Award." He also was named the 2012 Brandon Burlsworth Courage Award winner and earned a spot on the Burlsworth Trophy Watch List, which recognizes former walk-ons who provide solid contributions to their team.
Fans wanting to send Devon a message, letter, card and/or donation, please mail it to:
Devon Walker Fund
Tulane University #1818
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
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