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Tyrone Smith

Darnell Walker Begin His Stellar Career At Herbert Hoover Boys Club In The Inner City Of St. Louis, Missouri. There He Played Football and Baseball. Later He Ventured To Matthew Dickey's Boys Club To Play Baseball. At A Very Young Age Darnell Knew That Football Was The Means To An Education And A Better Way Of Life. His Grandmother And Grandfather Raised Him In The Inner City Of St. Louis, But Through His Ups And Downs, His Grandmother Kept Him In Church And Doing The Right Things. Darnell Was Influenced By His Older Sister Linda and Former Sumner High Friend and Oklahoma Star Anthony Stafford. His Sister Linda Was A Track Star At Sumner And Tennessee State University. Anthony Stafford Was Someone That Darnell Looked Up To Back In High School. They Worked Together In Track. Walker Went Out For Football His Freshmen Year At Sumner High School, But Later Quit Because Of Lack Of Football Equipment.

His Second Semester at Sumner, Darnell Made Sumner's Track Team, and Was Very Competitive as A Freshman. The Next Summer Walker Was Determined To Play The Sport He Loved. By The End Of Summer Camp Darnell Was Named Sumner's Starting Free Safety. Walker Would Later Go On To Complete A Fine Career At Sumner High School, Which Included All City, All-Metro And All State Honors In Football. Walker Also Capped Off a Fine Track Career by Finishing First In the 800 Meters. Many Major Colleges for Football Because Of His Lack of Size Did Not Recruit Darnell Walker. But A Lot Of Major Colleges Such As, Florida State And Nebraska Recruited Him In Track. Walker Decided to Go with His First Love, Football. Walker Signed A Letter Of Intent To Play Football At Coffeyville Junior College In Coffeyville, Kansas. The Summer Before Arriving At Coffeyville, Walker Won The 800 Meters At The Junior Olympics In Florida. Walker Arrived at Coffeyville Weighing In At 140 Pounds. That Was Not Too Good As Far As Playing Football Goes When You've Got 200- And 300 Pound Guys Trying To Hit You And Pound On You.

Walker Was Red shirted His Freshmen Year at Coffeyville, Which Meant He Had to Sit out His First Year in College. Walker Was Disappointed Because He Knew He Was Good Enough To Play. The Coaches Didn't Think He Was Ready Because Of His Weight. He Admitted That Quitting And Returning Home Had Crossed His Mind More Than Once, And If He Had A Car He Would Have. He Started Thinking That He Was Too Small And Maybe He Should Have With To School For Track. God And Family To Keep Striving And Never Give Up Motivated Walker. He Kept Thinking Though, How Can I Be The Best And I'm Not Even Playing. He Had An Assurance That If He Kept Working That Everything Was Going To Work Out Just Fine. Working Out With The Scout Team Also Kept His Spirit Lifted Up. As Far As The Off Season, Walker Worked Out All Summer. He Went From 140 Pounds To 155 Pounds Over The Summer.

During His Second Year at Coffeyville, Walker Earned All-Conference Honors. Darnell Was Hands Down One of the Best Cornerbacks in the Jay hawks JUCO Conference. Some Major College Coaches Considered Walker To Be One of the Best JUCO Cornerback Prospects in the Nation. Walker Received A Scholarship To Play At The University Of Oklahoma. At The End of His First Season Walker Was Named UPI's Defensive Newcomer of the Year in the Big Eight Conferences. Darnell Walker Continued to Improve at the University Of Oklahoma; By Being Named to the All- Big Eight Team.

After Receiving Such Honors, Walker's Name Begin to Surface around the NFL as One of the Top Cornerbacks in the Country. During His Junior Season Darnell Was Drawn By The Holy Spirit And Gave His Life To Christ. He Would Also Meet A Young Lady By The Name Of Delbie Venture, Which Would Later Become Delbie Walker His Wife For Life. After An Injury Prone Senior Year Walker Went Through Some High Points And Low Points In His Life. This Wasn't Anything New For Walker Who Had Overcome So Much In His Life. In Less Than Six Months Walker Got Married, Was Drafted By The Atlanta Falcons, And Loss His Mother. He Later Lost Both Of His Grandparents. His Faith in God and Support from Family / Friends Walker Pressed On. Darnell Walker Later Went On To Play 9 Seasons In The NFL. Being With Atlanta for 5 Years, San Francisco for 3 Years & Detroit for 1 Year.

Darnell Walker Has Retired from the NFL and Is Currently Living In Atlanta with His Wife (Delbie) and Their Two Children (Darnell Jr. And Derra). Darnell And Delbie Both Serve As Youth Workers At World Changers Church International. Darnell's Future Plan Is To Become A Football Coach.