Delanie Walker

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Delanie Walker
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Walker with the 49ers in 2009
No. 82 – Tennessee Titans
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1984-08-12) August 12, 1984 (age 33)
Pomona, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Pomona (CA)
College: Central Missouri
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 6 / Pick: 175
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Receptions: 479
Receiving yards: 5,621
Receiving touchdowns: 34
Rushing yards: 89
Rushing touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Hubert Delanie Walker[1] (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.

Early years[edit]

Walker attended and played high school football at Pomona High School.[2] He was a first-team All-Region selection by The Times, adding All-Division and All-San Gabriel Valley honors as a senior 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.

After high school, Walker originally committed to UTEP, but decided to attend Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California to improve his academics.[3]

College career[edit]

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.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 1 in
(1.85 m)
240 lb
(109 kg)
32 inch 10 in
(0.25 m)
4.49 s 1.65 s 2.68 s 4.60 s 7.23 s 36.5 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 7 in
(3.23 m)
All values from NFL Combine

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Walker was drafted by San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round with the 175th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.[5] In his rookie season, he recorded two receptions for 30 yards and had a 25-yard kickoff return.[6]

In Week 13 of the 2007 season, against the Carolina Panthers, he recorded his first career touchdown, a 21-yard pass from Trent Dilfer.[7] In the 2007 season, he recorded 21 receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown.[8]

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.[9] In 2008, Walker recorded 10 receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown.[10]

In 2009, Walker recorded 21 receptions for 233 yards as the 49ers finished with an 8–8 record.[11][12]

In 2010, Walker recorded 29 receptions for 331 yards as the 49ers finished with a 6–10 record.[13][14]

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,[15] 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 as the 49ers finished with a 13–3 record.[16][17]

In 2012, Walker recorded 21 receptions for 344 yards and three touchdowns as the 49ers finished with an 11–4–1 record.[18][19] 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.[20]

Tennessee Titans[edit]

Walker signed with the Tennessee Titans on March 12, 2013[21] to a four-year $17.5 million contract with $8.6 million guaranteed.[22] In Week 11 of the 2013 season, against the Indianapolis Colts, Walker recorded 10 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown.[23] In the 2013 season, Walker had 60 receptions for 571 yards and 6 touchdowns.[24]

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.[25] In Week 12, against the Philadelphia Eagles, he recorded five receptions for a career-high 155 yards.[26] 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.[27] 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.[28] In Week 11, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he recorded 109 receiving yards for his third career game with at least 100 yards.[29] 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.[30] Walker was ranked 82nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[31]

On May 6, 2016, the Titans announced a two-year contract extension worth $14.7 million with $8.2 million in guarantees.[32] In Week 10 of the 2016 season, against the Green Bay Packers, Walker had nine receptions for 124 yards and a touchdown.[33] In the 2016 season, Walker recorded 65 receptions for 800 yards and seven touchdowns.[34] Walker was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl on December 20, 2016.[35] He was also ranked 75th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017.[36]

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.[37] 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.[38] Walker was named the 2018 Pro Bowl offensive MVP after catching the game-winning touchdown, in addition to another touchdown he caught earlier in the game.[39] He was also ranked 72nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2006 SF 7 2 30 15.0 29 0
2007 SF 16 21 174 8.3 26 1
2008 SF 15 10 155 15.5 53 1
2009 SF 16 21 233 11.1 39 0
2010 SF 14 29 331 11.4 38 0
2011 SF 15 19 198 10.4 29 3
2012 SF 16 21 344 16.4 45 3
2013 TEN 15 60 571 9.5 33 6
2014 TEN 15 63 890 14.1 68 4
2015 TEN 15 94 1,088 11.6 61 6
2016 TEN 15 65 800 12.3 47 7
2017 TEN 16 74 807 10.9 42 3
Total 175 479 5,621 11.7 68 34

Postseason[edit]

Year Team G Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
2011 SF 1 2 36 18.0 29 0
2012 SF 3 5 85 17.0 28 0
2017 TEN 2 9 123 13.7 36 0
Total 6 16 244 15.3 36 0

Personal life[edit]

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.[40] Walker has two kids, Delanie, Jr., and Erra Paris.[41]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Titans' Delanie Walker collects records on, off field". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Former Mountie Delanie Walker To Play In Superbowl XLVII". Mt. San Antonio College. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  4. ^ "Central Missouri Athletics". www.ucmathletics.com. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  5. ^ "2006 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  6. ^ "Delanie Walker 2006 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  7. ^ "San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers - December 2nd, 2007". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  8. ^ "Delanie Walker 2007 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  9. ^ "49ers get picked off in preseason finale". East Bay Times. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
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  13. ^ "Delanie Walker 2010 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  14. ^ "2010 San Francisco 49ers Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  15. ^ Delanie Walker Wears Many Hats on YouTube
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  17. ^ "2011 San Francisco 49ers Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  18. ^ "Delanie Walker 2012 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
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  29. ^ "Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars - November 19th, 2015". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  30. ^ "Tennessee Titans at New England Patriots - December 20th, 2015". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  31. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2016 - No. 82 Delanie Walker
  32. ^ "Delanie Walker, Titans strike two-year extension". NFL.com. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 
  33. ^ "Green Bay Packers at Tennessee Titans - November 13th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  34. ^ "Delanie Walker 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017-12-26. 
  35. ^ "NFL announces 2017 Pro Bowl rosters". NFL.com. December 20, 2016. 
  36. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 - No. 75 Delanie Walker
  37. ^ "Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars - September 17th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 18 October 2017. 
  38. ^ "Titans' Delanie Walker replaces Travis Kelce at Pro Bowl". foxsports.com. 
  39. ^ "Pro Bowl MVP Honor "Special" for Titans TE Delanie Walker". TitansOnline.com. 
  40. ^ http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130605/NEWS21/306050162/New-DUI-law-ignition-interlocks-first-time-offenders-could-prevent-tragedy
  41. ^ "Delanie Walker Titans Biography". TitansOnline.com. 

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