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In May of 2012, the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Eric LeGrand, football player living with a spinal cord injury from a tackle in 2010. In May of 2013, the USHL's Chicago Steel signed Jack Jablonski, hockey player living with a spinal cord injury from being checked in the boards in 2011. And now we commend Tulane University for ensuring one of their players injured last season, Devon Walker, remains a vital part of the team. Here's the story:
Devon Walker, the Tulane safety paralyzed when his spine was fractured in a game last September, will be part of Tulane's season this year.
The Times-Picayune reports that Tulane coach Curtis Johnson is still working out Walker's role for the coming season.
One possibility mentioned by Johnson: Walker may be put to work helping break down recruiting film.
Johnson says he is discussing the plans with Tulane players and working on plans to use Walker in a way that will fit in with his extensive therapy and rehab work.
Johnson said Walker's drive and dedication to football were assets to his teammates well before the Sept. 8, 2012 game at Tulsa in which he was injured.
"He's always been an inspiration even before the injury," Johnson said. "He's inspiring to us and we just love being a part of his life. He's just one of us."
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