Tulsa football will open the 2014 season with special recognition of a former Tulane player.
Former Green Wave safety Devon Walker will be honored at halftime of Tulane-Tulsa at H.A. Chapman Stadium on Thursday. The two teams are playing for the first time in Tulsa since Walker suffered a cervical spine fracture, which ended his playing career and left him paralyzed from the neck down in 2012.
A “thank you” video from Walker -- one in which he will thank the athletic trainers of Tulsa and Tulane, EMT’s who responded to his injury, and the staff of St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa -- will be played at halftime of the game.
Walker collided with a teammate while attempting a tackle in the Sept. 8, 2012 Conference USA opener for both schools. He was treated at St. Francis for 10 days following his fracture, undergoing surgery to stabilize his spine.
Walker went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Tulane in cell and molecular biology, and will enroll in Tulane’s master’s program Aug. 25.