Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans
Delanie Walker is a Pro Bowl tight end for the Tennessee Titans. Delanie spent the first seven years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, winning the NFC Championship with the 49ers in 2012. Delanie starts as a tight end, but in the 49ers’West Coast-style offense, he was used in a variety of ways, including as a fullback, a slot receiver and a kickoff returner and gunner on special teams. On March 12, 2013, Delanie signed a four-year contract with the Tennessee Titans. His first two seasons in Tennessee arguably resulted in the best back-to-back campaigns in franchise history by a player at his position. From 2013 through 2014, Walker totaled 123 receptions for 1,461 yards and 10 touchdowns. Among all Titans/Oilers tight ends, only Frank Wycheck recorded more total receiving yards in back-to-back years. Walker’s 890 receiving yards in 2014 were the most in franchise history by a tight end, and his 63 receptions ranked fourth in club annals among tight ends. In 2014, Walker’s team-leading 890 receiving yards set a career high and marked the highest total in franchise history by a tight end, eclipsing Frank Wycheck’s 768 receiving yards in 1998. Walker’s 63 receptions in 2014 also led the team and set a career high.
It was the 2015 season that set Walker among the upper-echelon of NFL tight ends. During the 2015 season, Delanie shattered all Titans records for a tight end, including 1,088 yards receiving. 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. His e orts were rewarded with a trip to his first Pro Bowl.
Originally from, Pomona, he was chosen as an All-Division and All-San Gabriel Valley selection as a senior at Pomona High School. Delanie enrolled at Mt. San Antonio Community College where he was named as one of the country’s top 101 junior college players in the country
in 2003. Delanie later played football for the University of Central Missouri. At UCM, Delanie made 113 receptions for 1.347 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was named to the All-Region team as a junior and earned second team All-Mid America Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors both as a receiver and as a kickoff returner. Delanie was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. On Feb. 14, 2015, Walker was inducted into the Central Missouri Athletic Hall of Fame.
Walker was named the 2013 and 2015 Tennessee Titans Community Man of the Year, due in large part to his tireless work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. He teamed with MADD to help raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving after losing his aunt and uncle in a horrific accident near New Orleans after Super Bowl XLVII. The morning after San Francisco’s loss to Baltimore at the Superdome, an alleged drunk driver killed Alice and Bryan Young only hours after Walker hugged Alice and Bryan at the team’s postgame party. In addition to his work with MADD, Walker is an ambassador with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s “Booze It and Lose It” campaign. In June 2015, Delanie spoke alongside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the MADD National Conference in Washington, DC.
The Delanie Walker Gives Back Foundation (delaniewalker.org) hosts a Celebrity Go-Karting Challenge and a Titans Ten Pin Tailgate bowling fundraiser each year. Walker launched the non-pro t to provide inner- city and low-income children with the educational opportunities and resources to reach their full potential and beat the odds. The major community outreach programs of Delanie Walker Gives Back include Back to School COOL, Delanie’s Imagination Stations, and College Bound. Walker also host a free football camp for kids 8-14 in the Nashville area as part of his Back 2 School Blitz initiative.
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