|Date of birth:February 1, 1979|
|Place of birth: Meridian, Mississippi|
|High school: Meridian (MS)|
|College: University of Florida|
|NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14|
|Debuted in 2001 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Last played in 2006 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2006
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
|Stats at DatabaseFootball.com|
Idrees Kenyatta Walker (born February 1, 1979) is an American former college and professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons during the early 2000s. Walker played college football for the University of Florida. A first-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.
Walker was born in Meridian, Mississippi in 1979. He attended Meridian High School, where he was a standout high school football player for the Meridian Wildcats. As a senior in 1996, Walker was an all-state selection and received high school All-American honors from PrepStar and USA Today.
Walker accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and played on the offensive line for coach Steve Spurrier's Florida Gators football team from 1998 to 2000, after redshirting in 1997. Walker was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection in 1999 and received first-team All-SEC and second-team All-American honors in 2000, winning the SEC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy as a junior in 2000. After his junior season, Walker decided to forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.
After his NFL career ended, Walker returned to Gainesville to complete his degree, graduating from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2007.
Awards and honors
- Knoxville News-Sentinel All-SEC (1998)
- Football News Freshman All-American (1998)
- Co-recipient of Gators' Best Effort Award (1999)
- Second-team All-SEC (1999)
- Gators' Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman (2000)
- Consensus first-team All-SEC (2000)
- Jacobs Blocking Trophy (2000)
- All-American selection by Associated Press, Sporting News, Football News, Sports Xchange and Walter Camp (2000)
- Outland Trophy semifinalist (2000)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose Walker in first round (fourteenth pick overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft, and he played for the Buccaneers for six seasons from 2001 to 2006. He was originally slated to play left tackle and protect the quarterback's blindside. However, after his rookie season he was switched to right tackle, where he found success starting for the Buccaneer's Super Bowl XXXVII victory over the Oakland Raiders. After starting in seventy-three of the seventy-five games in which he played, the Buccaneers released Walker on March 1, 2007.
On August 13, 2007, The Carolina Panthers signed Walker as a free agent; he was released by the team on September 1 during final cuts. On September 8, 2008, Walker was signed by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and was assigned to their practice roster.
- 2000 College Football All-America Team
- Florida Gators
- Florida Gators football, 1990–99
- List of Florida Gators football All-Americans
- History of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- List of Florida Gators football players
- List of SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy winners
- List of Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round draft picks
- List of University of Florida alumni
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- Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 2001 National Football League Draft. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
- National Football League, Historical Players, Kenyatta Walker. Retrieved March 19, 2011.
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