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Fundraiser for Devon Walker draws Saints players, coaches


New Orleans, La. - It was called First Down Divas, a silent auction and fundraiser for Tulane senior Devon Walker.  

Nine months ago, the safety on Tulane's football team was injured during a collision with another player. The odds were about 100,00 to one that he'd suffered a spinal cord injury in the game.

Devon Walker did not beat the odds -- still, his spirits are high.

"It's the same as football. You've got to go on to the next play. You can't have a long memory, so I'm ready for tomorrow," says Walker.

Saints players and coaches volunteered their time to give women who attended the fundraiser some lessons about football. It's all in an effort to raise money for a brand new den in Devon's home.

"He needs this. It's a place where he can have all the accommodations he needs. He can use his voice to do what everyone else does," says Tulane Coach Curtis Johnson.

The Saints have been at Devon's side since his injury happened. Saints wide receiver Lance Moore remembers his first visit with Devon.

"The visit was one of the more emotional moments of my career in the NFL. To see a kid that shares the same passion for the sport that I love, and to know that he'll never be able to play again is sad and unfortunate. It really touches your heart," says Lance Moore.

Devon loves the Saints and says he feels like a lucky fan.

Despite all of his hardships over the past nine months, Devon is determined to live life to the fullest.

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