NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – The former Tulane University safety who suffered a career ending injury nearly two years ago is not slowing down. Devon Walker is actually in New York getting ready to inspire millions. WGNO News Anchor Vanessa Bolano has more.
Many have watched the play time and time again, rewinding it in hopes of a different outcome. On September 8, 2012 Tulane team captain Devon Walker was going for a tackle when he collided with a teammate.
In an instant the injury changed his life. Walker injured his C3 and C4 vertebrae. The injury left him paralyzed from the neck down.
“I can remember I was riding on Highway 90 and I think I was headed to a scrimmage that day, and I got a phone call from another assistant coach. He said, have you heard the news, and I said no, what’s going on? And he said that Devon got hurt and it’s pretty bad,” remembers Destrehan Head Football Coach Stephen Robicheaux.
Robicheaux saw Walker grow and develop into a starting safety in high school. He calls Walker an inspiration who has not let his injury slow him down.
“He’s the type of guy that’s going to take a negative and make it a positive, and he’s done that. For him to accomplish what he has after the injury is just unbelievable and truly amazing,” says Robicheaux.
Just last weekend Devon Walker became a Tulane University graduate and New Orleans Saint. Head Coach Sean Payton says Walker’s strength and drive has inspired the Saints.
See Good Morning American’s Robin Roberts live interview with Devon Walker below:
Tulane Coach Curtis Johnson will also be there. The live interview is part of GMA`s Friday Feel Good series that launches Friday morning.
Devon Walker graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology.