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Walker playing for the Jets in 1981
May 26, 1955|
San Bernardino, California
|NFL Draft:||1977 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Walker graduated from Carson High School in Carson, California where he set many receiving and return records, and was an All-American at the University of California, catching 86 passes for 2,206 yards and 22 touchdowns over the course of four seasons, an average of 25.7 yards per catch.
He was noted for his great speed, averaging over 20 yards per reception over many seasons (his career average was 19 yards per reception). At the time of his retirement, he was second in Jets all-time receiving yardage. Legally blind in his left eye, Walker overcame this handicap to become one of the Jets all-time great receivers.
Walker was one of the dominant players in the 1982 NFL Playoffs: in two postseason games, he caught 15 passes for 314 yards and 2 touchdowns, as the Jets beat the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Raiders, both on the road.
His best receiving season came in 1983, when he caught 61 receptions; and in 1986 he had a career-best 12 receiving touchdowns. Four of them were scored in week three, as he caught a game-winning touchdown from the Jets quarterback Ken O'Brien in overtime to give the Jets a wild shootout win 51-45 over the Miami Dolphins.
When he retired, he had caught 438 passes for 8306 yards and 71 touchdowns.
Walker is now a retired physical education teacher at Park View Elementary School in Kings Park, New York, and an occasional sports radio show commentator. He has two sons and a daughter. His older son, John, was a 3x All-American lacrosse player at The United States Military Academy at West Point. His younger son, Austin, played lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University. He is also the godfather of Alexandra Florant, the daughter of the track and field star Carl Florant.
Like many former NFL players, Walker suffers from a variety of ailments as a direct result from his playing days, which he detailed in a revealing 2016 interview with Long Island Pulse Magazine. He graduated from Mercy College (New York).
- https://www.nytimes.com/1983/09/13/science/visual-cues-compensate-for-blindness-in-one-eye.html?pagewanted=all 1983 New York Times Article
- http://lipulse.com/2016/01/22/the-dark-side-of-life-after-the-nfl/ 2016 Wesley Walker Interview With Long Island Pulse