For starters, get your kleenex out.
The New Orleans Saints have signed former Tulane Green Wave safety Devon Walker. The move was announced after rookie practice today. If you recall, Walker’s playing career was cut short after making what looked to be a routine tackle in December 2012. The end result left Walker paralyzed from the neck down.
Dec 21, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Former Tulane Green Wave player Devon Walker, who was paralyzed during the 2012 season, watches his team play against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns during the second quarter of the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Coach Payton had this to say about the signing:
"“When Devon got hurt, his football career was just starting to take off after three years of hard work,” Saints Coach Sean Payton said. “Despite the devastating injury he suffered, Devon refuses to let that define him. He is an outstanding young man, who is not only an inspiration to his coaches and teammates at Tulane, but to all of us. Devon’s character, determination, intelligence and work ethic are everything that we look for in a New Orleans Saint when we sign a player. This is the least we can do to recognize Devon and these attributes that we want all of our players to have.”"
Walker has remained a true inspiration despite his injury, and has received a great deal of encouragement from former Rutgers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Eric LeGrand. This signing is a true show of character from the Saints, and this should remind us all that there are bigger things out there than sports.
Oh by the way, Walker grades from Tulane today.
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