People - Kenny Walker

A Deaf Football Player

Cover of Roar of Silence
Roar of Silence cover. Photo Courtesy of PriceGrabber

If you are a football fan, perhaps you have heard about the deaf football player Kenny Walker. Walker, who became deaf at age two from meningitis, had a short, but interesting football career.

First, he was an All-American player on the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. Then was picked up by the Denver Broncos, whom he played for for a few years before being released. He had a brief stint with the Canadian Football League before retiring from football.

After he retired from football, Walker became a football coach at the Iowa School for the Deaf.

Books and Articles

An autobiographical book was published about Walker's career, "Roar of Silence: The Kenny Walker Story," which can be found online. There is also a biography of Walker in the Deaf Life Press book, "Great Deaf Americans."

Football Cards

Walker was featured on several football cards in 1991 and 1992. These cards include an All Rookie Team Broncos card, and a rare Jogo #249 card (1995) from his time in the Canadian Football League.

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