KENNEWICK, Wash. - DeVon Walker says he's the kind of guy who will do whatever it takes. after earning a degree at Cerritos Community College in California, he earned a football scholarship to University Nevada-Reno, where he then got a degree in business communications.
He also played well enough to make the San Jose Sabrecats practice squad in 2008. But then the AFL folded and Walker ended up in the Tri-Cities.
Through seven games, the Fever rookie leads the team in tackles and pass break-ups. He sometimes wonders what things would be like if he hadn't lost the chance to play at the higher level.
"Yeah, but then I'm here, so there's ups and downs to it," he said.
"I was really excited after learning from a really good defensive back corps. Learning from them, learning the game. I was so excited to get in A-1 and be a player with them or with some other team. I was talking to LA as well. Right when I got excited, that was it. But it's okay, everything happens for a reason."
After helping the team get their first win last Saturday over Stockton, Walker and the Fever play at Boise Saturday.