Aaron Walker (American football)
|No. 49, 87|
|Date of birth:||March 14, 1980|
|Place of birth:||Titusville, Florida|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||270 lb (122 kg)|
|High school:||Titusville (FL) Astronaut|
|NFL draft:||2003 – 5th round – 161st pick|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
Aaron Scott Walker (born March 14, 1980) is an American former college and professional football player who was a tight end in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the early 2000s. Walker played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter he played professionally for the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams of the NFL.
Walker was born in Titusville, Florida in 1980. He attended Astronaut High School in Titusville, and played high school football for the Astronaut War Eagles. As a senior tight end in 1997, Walker caught thirty-six for 497 yards, while also recording eighty-two tackles and fourteen quarterback sacks as a defensive end. He received Florida Class 4A all-state honors and was recognized as a high school All-American by PrepStar and Super Prep. Walker was also a letterman in basketball and baseball.
Walker accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Steve Spurrier and coach Ron Zook's Florida Gators football teams from 1999 to 2002. Walker was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection after his senior season in 2002. In his four-year college career, he played in forty-seven games, started twenty-nine of them, and caught fifty-six passes for 716 yards and nine touchdowns.
The San Francisco 49ers selected Walker in the fifth round (161st overall pick) of the 2003 NFL Draft, and he played for the 49ers in 2003 and 2004. He was also an active team member of the St. Louis Rams from 2005 to 2007, and a member of the 2008 Baltimore Ravens and 2009 Cleveland Browns practice squads. During his five-season NFL playing career, he appeared in fifty-five regular season games, started fourteen of them, and had twenty-five receptions for 312 yards and a touchdown.
Life after football
- Florida Gators football, 1990–99
- List of Florida Gators football players in the NFL
- List of St. Louis Rams players
- Pro-Football-Reference.com, Players, Aaron Walker. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- databaseFootball.com, Players, Aaron Walker. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- GatorZone.com, Football History, 2002 Roster, Aaron Walker. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
- 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 85, 97, 99, 186 (2011). Retrieved August 31, 2011.
- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 2003 National Football League Draft. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- National Football League, Historical Players, Aaron Walker. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- David Newton, "Pit crew fitness remains a top priority," ESPN (June 6, 2013). Retrieved July 20, 2014.
- Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
- Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
- Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
- McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.