RocJocks: Running back David Walker

By Sean Lahman, Democrat and Chronicle October 15, 2014

Although he stood just 5 feet 9 inches tall, David Walker was a powerful running back even as a freshman at Irondequoit High School. He played four seasons with the Indians, leading them to a Section V Class AAA championship in 1987.

Walker took his talents to Syracuse University, where he played from 1989 to 1992. He lead the Big East in rushing yards as a a junior in 1991, helping the Orange to a 10-2 record and a 26-22 victory over Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. He ended his career with 2,643 rushing yards, which at the time was the fourth-best total in school history more than Heisman trophy winner Ernie Davis (2,386) or Hall of Famer Jim Brown (2,091).

After graduating, Walker signed with the Miami Dolphins but was released before appearing in a regular season game. He returned to the Syracuse sidelines, serving as running back coach for 10 seasons. He oversaw four consecutive 1,000-yard rushers from 2000 to 2003, and six of his players went on to play in the National Football League.

Walker left Syracuse to coach running backs at the University of Pittsburgh in 2005, spending six seasons there working under head coach Dave Wannstedt.

In 2011, he joined the staff of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, and is currently in his fourth season with the team.

Walker was one of 16 players inducted into the inaugural class of the Section V Football Hall of Fame in 1998.