Former Tulane safety pursuing dreams despite paralyzing injury

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Posted on May 18, 2014 at 5:52 AM

Updated Sunday, May 18 at 6:30 AM

Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Devon Walker is like any other Tulane student about to graduate - eager, yet hopeful for what an uncertain future will bring.

"I'm ecstatic," said Walker at Saturday's commencement. "I'm very nervous, I'm excited, there's a lot of emotions going through my head right now."

In 2012, the former Tulane safety was paralyzed from the neck down during a football game in Tulsa. Although he never got up after that tackle, it has not stopped him from finishing his college degree.

After his injury his only goal was to get his degree.

"I have always been a person not to start something and not finish it," says Walker. 

Walker's best friend Jacob Davis has been by his side through all the highs and the lows. The two majored in cell and molecular biology and after Walker's injury, Davis took care of his friend and helped him accomplish that goal.

"He is just an inspiration and it's just a pleasure to see him graduate," says Davis. "It's really emotional, but at the same time it's just a great day."

"He's come a long way, I am very proud of him," says close friend Kyle Davis. "To be able to come from where he has come from and go through the things he has gone through and still be able to come here, put on a smile and give great effort each and everyday, I'm proud of him."

Drew Brees, who was also at the ceremony, seemed pretty proud too.

"I was kinda sitting there just listening and then he gave me a shout out and I kinda, ya know, how you wake up and was like oh my god," said Walker. "It was very exciting."

Not only does Walker have a degree, but he now has a job with the Saints. A head of Saturday's ceremony, the Saints official signed Walker to a contract.

"Just one of those guys that's so special, so inspirational, you know that he is destined for so many great things in his life and I'm just blessed to know him," said Brees. 

Now, with a degree under his belt he has other goals to tackle.  Next up? Medical school and to one day walk again.

 

 

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