WATCH: Paralyzed Tulane University Football Player, Devon Walker, Graduates and Gets Signed by New Orleans Saints

Walker at the New Orleans Saints' rookie minicamp on Saturday. (Stacy Revere / Getty Images North America)
Walker at the New Orleans Saints’ rookie minicamp on Saturday. (Stacy Revere / Getty Images North America)

Devon Walker’s journey to the NFL has not been a conventional one.

In September 2012, the Tulane safety suffered a spinal cord injury after he collided with a teammate during his university’s game against Tulsa, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.

After months of hospitalization and extensive rehabilitation, Walker returned to Tulane in the fall of 2013 to rejoin his team on the sidelines and finish out his senior year. His ardent support served as motivation and inspiration to both his Green Wave teammates and the community as a whole, and Walker was given the 2013 Disney Spirit Award as college football’s most inspirational figure last November.

On Saturday, Walker graduated from Tulane with a degree in cell and molecular biology. And on that same day, at New Orleans Saints rookie minicamp, the team announced the signing of the former safety to a one-day contract.

“When Devon got hurt, his football career was just starting to take off after three years of hard work,” Saints coach Sean Payton said on the Saints’ website. “Despite the devastating injury he suffered, Devon refuses to let that define him. He is an outstanding young man, who is not only an inspiration to his coaches and teammates at Tulane, but to all of us. Devon’s character, determination, intelligence and work ethic are everything that we look for in a New Orleans Saint when we sign a player. This is the least we can do to recognize Devon and these attributes that we want all of our players to have.”

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SOURCE: Fox Sports

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