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Darius A'Dunte Walker (born October 21, 1985) is a former American football running back in the National Football League (NFL) and current college football analyst for Fox. He worked as a college football analyst and sideline reporter for MountainWest Sports Network in 2011. He was signed by the Houston Texans in 2007. He played college football at Notre Dame.

Darius Walker
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Walker (#3) with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish
No. 37
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1985-10-21) October 21, 1985 (age 33)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Buford (Buford, Georgia)
College:Notre Dame
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:58
Rushing yards:264
Rushing touchdowns:1
Receiving yards:81
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at


Early yearsEdit

Walker attended Buford High School where he rushed for 5,676 rushing yards and 91 touchdowns and helped his team compile a four-year record of 58–2 and four straight state title game appearances, including three title game victories as part of a 45-game winning streak. In 2003, his senior year, he scored 46 touchdowns, breaking Herschel Walker’s Georgia single-season record of 42. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Georgia and selected as the Georgia prep player of the year for 2003 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

College careerEdit

At Notre Dame, Walker owns the school record for most receptions in a season by a running back (56 in 2006) and most career receptions by a running back (109). He ranks fourth all-time at Notre Dame in rushing yards (3,249), third in all-time carries (693) and third in average yards per game over a career (90.3). He rushed for 100 yards in a game 15 times in his career and scored 26 touchdowns—23 rushing and three receiving. He led the Irish in rushing in all three seasons, becoming just the sixth player in school history to do so the first since Autry Denson (19951998). He recorded the sixth-best single-season rushing total in Notre Dame history as a junior when he gained a career-high 1,267 yards on 255 carries (5.0-yard average), scoring seven touchdowns. He became just the fourth Notre Dame running back in school history to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in consecutive seasons, joining Vagas Ferguson, Allen Pinkett and Denson. He ran for 1,196 yards on 253 carries (4.7 avg) and nine touchdowns as a sophomore, opening the season with four rushing performances of 100 yards or more, the first player in Notre Dame history to do so. During his first season for the Irish, he set the freshman rushing record, gaining 786 yards on 185 carries (4.2 average), breaking a 30-year-old school record.

Walker's last game with the Irish came on January 3, 2007, in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Sugar Bowl. The Fighting Irish lost to the LSU Tigers 41–14, with Walker contributing 128 rushing and 30 receiving yards.

He announced he would leave Notre Dame for the NFL in a press conference a week after the Sugar Bowl.[1] Walker attended the University of Houston in 2008, but did not play football for the Cougars.[2] In 2009, Walker returned to the University of Notre Dame to finish his degree.[3]


College Career Off. Statistics Rushing Fumbles
Year Team G Att Yards AVG LNG TD FUM LOST
2004 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 11 185 786 4.2 40 7 -- --
2005 Notre Dame Fighting |Irish 12 253 1,196 4.6 38 3 -- --
2006 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 13 255 1,267 5.0 39 7 -- --
Total 36 693 3,249 4.6 40 17 -- --


College Career Off. Statistics Receiving
Year Team G Rec Yards Y/R TD LNG
2004 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 11 10 74 7.4 0 22
2005 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 12 43 351 8.7 2 51
2006 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 13 56 391 7.0 1 21
Total 36 109 816 7.4 3 51


Professional careerEdit

Houston TexansEdit

Walker signed a contract with the Houston Texans after not being taken in the 2007 NFL Draft.[5] In Week 14, Walker led the team with 16 carries for 46 yards and finishing second with six receptions for 35 yards against Tampa Bay. Walker re-signed with the Houston Texans on November 25, 2008, when the team placed Ahman Green on the reserve/injured list. Walker rushed for 246 yards and one touchdown on 58 carries (4.6 avg.) in his one NFL season. He also caught 13 passes for 81 yards.[6]

Denver BroncosEdit

On May 7, 2009, Walker signed a two-year contract with the Denver Broncos.

Dallas CowboysEdit

He signed with the Dallas Cowboys on December 15, 2009 for $250,000 on a one-year deal.

Personal lifeEdit

Darius Walker is the son Jimmy Walker, a former All-American defensive tackle at the University of Arkansas who played in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.[7][8] His grandfather, William "Sonny" Walker played football at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and was the first African American to serve in the Arkansas state cabinet. He also served in the Nixon administration, working at the Office of Economic Opportunity. Walker's uncle Hugh Jernigan played at the University of Arkansas as a defensive back and was a ninth round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 1981. His older brother Delvin played running back for Jacksonville State University.[7][9][10]


  1. ^ "Darius Walker Declares For The NFL Draft.", January 11, 2007. Retrieved June 30, 2007.
  2. ^ "Wednesdays with Walker". Archived from the original on February 20, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2008.
  3. ^ Ironside, Nick. "Darius Walker Working Double-Duty In Post-NFL Career.", June 6, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Darius Waker." Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  5. ^ "Texans Sign Notre Dame Running Back Darius Walker". Retrieved June 30, 2007.
  6. ^ "Darius Walker." Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Patel, Avani. "Success norm in Walker family." Chicago Tribune, September 16, 2004. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Jimmy Walker." Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  9. ^ "1981 NFL Draft History - Round 9." Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  10. ^ "William Walker. Atlanta, GA, 1933-2016." Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, June 23, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2019.

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