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Saints sign paralyzed former Tulane player

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NEW ORLEANS (NBC) - A former Tulane University safety who was paralyzed from the neck down was one of thousands of graduates in the class of 2014.

Devon Walker received a standing ovation Saturday, thousands standing and cheering with officials recognizing him for his tenacity.

"His courage, his grit, his determination lifts our spirits everyday," said an official during a speech.

Walker's football career ended September 8, 2012 after suffering a spinal injury when he collided with a teammate while attempting to make a tackle just seconds before half-time. The injury to his vertebrae left him paralyzed from the neck down.
   
Walker spent three months in the hospital before returning home in December 2012. The challenges he faced weren't enough intercept his goal of graduating.

"Once I actually came back to school, got back on campus and start being around my friends, I realized that this is something that I wanted to do. This is something that I wanted to finish off. I don't like to leave things unfinished," Walker said.

He has earned a Bachelor's degree in cellular and molecular biology. His next goal is to further his education by returning to Tulane in the fall to pursue a Master's degree and then a doctorate.

The New Orleans Saints signed Walker to an honorary contract. The coach Sean Payton says that the student's character, determination, intelligence and work ethic are everything the Saints look for when signing a player.

But first intensive therapy over the summer, all signs that there is no stopping Devon Walker.
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