WASHINGTON, D.C.— In September 2010, the Gallaudet University football team announced the addition of former Denver Bronco and University of Nebraska Cornhusker Kenny Walker to its coaching staff. With the news of his move, Nebraska recently caught up with Walker and featured a story on their website here: http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=205013158. The feature is a question-and-answer interview, in which Walker spoke about the difficulty of overcoming communication obstacles as well as how far his work ethic has taken him. The article was also featured in the football game program when the Cornhuskers played host to the University of Texas Longhorns on Saturday, October 16, 2010.
Walker was a first-team All-American defensive lineman during his tenure in Lincoln, Neb., from 1986-1990. He was also named Big Eight Conference Player of the Year in 1990. He continued that success in the National Football League (NFL) from 1991-1992, as he was drafted by Coach Dan Reeves and the Denver Broncos. Walker has the distinction of being one of only two deaf players to ever suit up for an NFL team, the other being Bonnie Sloan with the St. Louis Cardinals (1973). After his NFL stint, Walker made his way to the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1994 to play for the Calgary Stampeders, where he became the first and only deaf player in CFL history.
In 1999, Walker published Roar of Silence: The Kenny Walker Story, an autobiography co-written with Bob Schaller. Prior to becoming the defensive line coach for the Bison, Walker had been a coach and counselor at the Iowa School for the Deaf. The move to Gallaudet puts him closer to his family in Northern Virginia, where his daughter and son currently reside.