Troy McHenry Walters (born December 15, 1976) is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver and punt returner in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. Walters played college football for Stanford University, was a consensus All-American and was recognized as the outstanding college wide receiver in the country. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, and also played professionally for the Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions of the NFL. He is currently the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at the University of Central Florida.
Early years [ edit ]
Walters was born in
Bloomington, Indiana. He attended A&M Consolidated High School in College Station, Texas, and was a letterman in football, basketball and track. In football, as a senior, he was named to the Texas Magazine First Team; he also was a second-team All-Greater Houston selection and a third-team all-state selection.
College career [ edit ]
After accepting an
athletic scholarship to attend Stanford University, Walters played for the Stanford Cardinal football team from 1996 to 1999. As a senior in 1999, he was recognized as consensus first-team All-American and won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as college football's best wide receiver. He finished his college career with 244 catches and over 3,900 receiving yards, and currently ranks as Stanford's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards.
Professional career [ edit ]
Minnesota Vikings selected Walters in the fifth round (165th pick overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played for the Vikings from 2000 to 2001. He subsequently played for the Indianapolis Colts ( 2002– 2005), Arizona Cardinals ( 2006) and Detroit Lions ( 2007). During his eight-season NFL career, he played in 98 games, compiled 102 receptions for 1,135 yards and nine touchdowns, returned 117 kickoffs for 2,594 yards, and also returned 139 punts for 1,241 yards.
Coaching career [ edit ]
Walters is the wide receivers coach at the
University of Central Florida. He was the wide receivers coach at Texas A&M University from 2010 to 2011, at North Carolina State University in 2012, and at the University of Colorado Boulder from 2013 to 2015.
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