Walker with the 49ers in 2009
|No. 82 – Tennessee Titans|
August 12, 1984 |
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||248 lb (112 kg)|
|High school:||Pomona (CA)|
|NFL Draft:||2006 / Round: 6 / Pick: 175|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2017|
Hubert Delanie Walker (born August 12, 1984) is an American football tight end for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Central Missouri.
Walker was a first-team All-Region selection by The Times, adding All-Division and All-San Gabriel Valley honors as a senior at Pomona High School under the direction of head coach John Capraro. He was twice chosen Miramonte League Offensive Player of the Year and was selected 2001 Pomona Red Devil of the Year. He played in the East/West All Star game and also excelled in track & field, winning the Division III 100-meters title after also finishing first in the 2002 Miramonte League Meet.
Walker first enrolled at Mt. San Antonio College. In 2003, he was ranked seventh on JCFootball.com's "Top 101 Players" list. Walker finished his junior college career with 86 catches for 1,312 yards and 13 touchdowns. He then transferred to the University of Central Missouri. While at Central Missouri, he set or equaled several receiving records. In two seasons at Central Missouri, Walker caught 113 passes for 1,347 yards and 10 touchdowns. In addition, he also had 35 career kickoff returns for 965 yards and three touchdowns. His three kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied for the Central Missouri school record. In college, Walker majored in video production, with a minor in criminal justice at Central Missouri. On February 14, 2015, Walker was inducted into the Central Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad|
|6 ft 0 in
|32 inch||10 in
|4.49 s||1.65 s||2.68 s||4.60 s||7.23 s||36.5 in
|10 ft 7 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
San Francisco 49ers
Walker was drafted by San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round with the 175th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he recorded two receptions for 30 yards and had a 25-yard kickoff return.
In Week 13 of the 2007 season, against the Carolina Panthers, he recorded his first career touchdown, a 21-yard pass from Trent Dilfer. In the 2007 season, he recorded 21 receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown.
On June 22, 2008, the 49ers signed Walker to a three-year, $6 million extension through 2012. The deal included a $1.8 million signing bonus. He also returned a kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown in week 4 of the 2008 preseason. In 2008, Walker recorded 10 receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown.
In 2009, Walker recorded 21 receptions for 233 yards.
In 2010, Walker recorded 29 receptions for 331 yards.
In 2011, Jim Harbaugh became head coach of the 49ers and Greg Roman became offensive coordinator for the team. They praised Walker's skill set and used him a number of different ways in the West Coast Offense, including different receiver spots, backup fullback, and even as an alternative kickoff returner and gunner on special teams, attributes that earned him the nickname of "The Swiss Army Knife" within the team. In the 2011 season, Walker recorded 19 receptions for 198 yards and three touchdowns.
In 2012, Walker recorded 21 receptions for 344 yards and three touchdowns. At the end of the 2012 season, Walker and 49ers reached Super Bowl XLVII. In the game, he had 3 receptions for 48 yards, but the 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 34–31.
Walker signed with the Tennessee Titans on March 12, 2013. In Week 11 of the 2013 season, against the Indianapolis Colts, Walker recorded 10 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. In the 2013 season, Walker had 60 receptions for 571 yards and 6 touchdowns.
In Week 2 of the 2014 season, against the Dallas Cowboys, Walker had a career day with 10 receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown. In Week 12, against the Philadelphia Eagles, he recorded five receptions for a career-high 155 yards. In the 2014 season, Walker had 63 receptions for 890 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Walker had a career year in 2015, shattering all Titans records for a tight end, including 1,088 yards receiving. He had previously broken the Titans' tight end receiving yards record in the 2014 season with 890 yards. Walker led all NFL tight ends with 94 receptions and became only the ninth tight end to ever record 90+ catches in a single season. He was later named to his first career Pro Bowl. In Week 9, against the New Orleans Saints, he recorded his first career multi-touchdown game with seven receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns. In Week 11, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he recorded 109 receiving yards for his third career game with at least 100 yards. In Week 15, toward the end of a lopsided loss to the New England Patriots, Walker had a touchdown that would come off of a highlight-reel play. He caught a pass from quarterback Zach Mettenberger, broke two tackles, hurdled a man and stiff-armed another, all while racing down the sideline to the end zone to complete a 57-yard score. Walker recorded two catches, 64 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns in the 33–16 defeat. Walker was ranked 82nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.
On May 6, 2016, the Titans announced a two-year contract extension worth $14.7 million with $8.2 million in guarantees. In Week 10 of the 2016 season, against the Green Bay Packers, Walker had nine receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown. In the 2016 season, Walker recorded 65 receptions for 800 yards and seven touchdowns. Walker was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl on December 20, 2016. He was also ranked 75th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.
On September 17, 2017, Walker recorded his first career rushing touchdown, a one-yard rush in the third quarter, in a 37–16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. In addition, he had four receptions for 61 yards in the victory. In the 2017 season, Walker recorded 74 receptions for 807 yards, 3 receiving touchdowns, and 1 rushing touchdown. On January 16, 2018, Walker was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl to replace an injured Travis Kelce. Walker was named the 2018 Pro Bowl offensive MVP after catching the game-winning touchdown, in addidion to another touchdown he caught earlier in the game.
In 2013, Walker's aunt and uncle were killed by a drunk driver, five hours after Walker played in Super Bowl XLVII. The tragedy motivated Walker to speak out against drunk driving, and support laws requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device for first-time DUI offenders. Walker has two kids, Delanie, Jr., and Erra Paris.
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- on YouTube
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- Delanie Walker agrees with Titans
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- NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 - No. 75 Delanie Walker
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