Saints praise outlook of Tulane's Walker

Devon Walker
Devon Walker

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Drew Brees is impressed by the upbeat outlook of seriously injury Tulane safety Devon Walker and was pleased to be able to visit with him recently.

Brees and several Saints teammates visited Walker at a rehabilitation center in Atlanta on Nov. 29th, which was the Tulane player's birthday, but the visit was not publicized by Tulane or the Saints until this week.

Walker, who is from the New Orleans area, fractured his spine in a game at Tulsa on Sept. 8. He has not been able to walk since.

"Unbelievable is his attitude and just how positive he was. That's such a traumatic event," Brees said. "Anyone who's ever played football, you know, I guess you put yourself at that risk and yet for it to happen to a guy like that who's such a well-loved guy on his team - I mean, everyone who I've talked to, coaches, players, couldn't say enough great things about Devon Walker.

"It was great we could go and show our support for him and let him know we're thinking about him," Brees added.

Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins said Walker conversed with visitors without much difficulty and demonstrated a good sense of humor. Jenkins said Walker did not move his arm or hand when players shook hands with him, but he noticed that Walker had "some movement" and that he was "doing a lot better than we expected."

"He just talked about how big a fan he was. We came in and introduced ourselves and he said, 'I know who all y'all are.' ... He talked about how he didn't want any of the Falcons players to visit him and how (Tony) Gonzalez has visited him earlier in the day and tried to convert him into a Falcons fan - he wouldn't do it."

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