Former NFL player Darwin Walker stopped in at the Boys & Girls Club in Bluffton, Indiana on Thursday July 2 to talk to 45 kids and their parents about how important education, leadership, and athletics are and how they can impact someone’s life in a positive way. Walker told the kids about his own experience as a student and that it came to a point where he realized that if he didn’t get his education, he wouldn’t have much to do after his professional football career. The audience attentively listened to the former pro and was given some time to ask him questions and for advice on scholarships. Overall it was a very inspiring experience for the kids.
The Walterboro, South Carolina native really stood out athletically during his high school years as he was a letterman athlete in track and field, football, and even set a state record in shot put by throwing over 63 feet. After high school, Walker went to North Carolina State University and University of Tennessee where he really shined on the team and academically. He was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2000 NFL Draft, but was waivered by the Philadelphia Eagles where he played for six seasons. After that he bounced between the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, and eventually ended his career with the Carolina Panthers back in his home turf.
Walker spoke to the kids at the Boys & Girls club in early July to remind them how important it is to stay on top of their education as they move through life. Since there were only 45 children there, it was a very special and somewhat more intimate scenario getting to talk to a former pro like Walker up close.
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Watch Darwin Walker Speaking about his Life and Post NFL Career: