Kenny Walker (American football)
|Date of birth:||April 6, 1967|
|Place of birth:||Crane, Texas|
|College:||University of Nebraska|
|NFL Draft:||1991 / Round: 8 / Pick: 200|
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The youngest of six children, at the age of two, Walker became profoundly deaf from a bout with meningitis. He is the second of only three deaf players in the history of the National Football League. Bonnie Sloan, who played in the 1970s, and Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks are the other deaf NFL players.
Walker starred at the University of Nebraska, playing in the Senior Bowl in January 1991. At his final home game at Nebraska, the capacity crowd showed their appreciation for Walker by signing "applause" to him in unison. Three months after the Senior Bowl, the Broncos selected him in the eighth round (200th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft.
Walker published an autobiography “Roar of Silence: The Kenny Walker Story” in 1998, and also has a chapter dedicated to him in the book "Great Deaf Americans."
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