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Saints sign paralyzed safety Devon Walker on day of graduation

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

The Saints signed Devon Walker to a contract Saturday. (USATSI)
The Saints signed Devon Walker to a contract Saturday. (USATSI)

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Tulane safety Devon Walker was paralyzed in September 2012 after making a tackle against Tulsa, but somehow, someway, he was only a year late in earning his diploma with a degree in cell and molecular biology. CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd tells the amazing tale of Walker, who sits in a wheelchair with a ventilator because of his broken neck, and writes about Walker's journey through his post-football world.

Now, the Saints are poised to welcome Walker into their professional football family.

Walker attended Saints rookie mini-camp on Saturday, the day of his graduation, and he said, via NOLA.com, that he thought he was going to eat oysters afterward. Instead, the team surprised him by signing him to a deal. Walker said the signing was a dream come true.

Walker also got a shout-out from a Saints icon who also is battling through impaired physicality.

Make sure to check out Dodd's story on Walker. It's a fantastic read about a fantastic newly-minted professional football player.

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