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NEWORLEANS- The New Orleans Saints officially signed former Tulane safety Devon Walker to a contract Saturday, making him a member of the team.
The signing was announced by the team and head coach Sean Payton during the team's rookie mini-camp.
Walker was paralyzed from the neck down in 2012 during a game the Green Wave played at Tulsa. Saturday, in addition to signing with the Saints, he graduated from Tulane, where he studied cell and molecular biology.
'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.'
A four-year letterman at Tulane, 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.
'I would like to congratulate Devon on his graduation and for all his accomplishments,' Tulane Coach Curtis Johnson said. 'I am very proud of him and I am very happy for his family. This is a first-class move by a first-class organization. The Saints have been very supportive of Devon and I would like to thank Mr. (Tom) Benson, Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton for allowing Devon to be a part of an NFL team. I believe it once again demonstrates the organization's commitment to the New Orleans community and to one of its own.'