Walker with the San Francisco 49ers in 2009
|No. 82 Tennessee Titans|
|Date of birth:||August 12, 1984|
|Place of birth:||Pomona, California|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 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 2015|
Hubert Delanie Walker (born August 12, 1984) is an American football tight end for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He has also played fullback and wide receiver. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at 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 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 Mount San Antonio Community 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 UCM 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 3 touchdowns. His 3 kickoff returns for touchdowns are tied for the Central Missouri school record.
2006 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 1 in||240 lb||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
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 2011, Jim Harbaugh became head coach of the 49ers and Greg Roman became offensive coordinator for the team. They praised Delanie 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 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 had a career year during the 2015-16 season, shattering all Titans records for a tight end, including over 1,000 yards receiving. Walker led all NFL tight ends with 94 receptions.