Walker was born in Wrightsville, Georgia to Willis and Christine Walker. He was raised as one of the 7 children in a blue collar family. Walker said that as a child he was overweight and had a speech impediment. Walker’s mother taught him not to use these problems as excuses in life.
In high school Walker was a football standout, he played for the Johnson County High School Trojans in Wrightsville, Georgia from 1975–1979. In 1979, he rushed for 3,167 yards, helping the Trojans to their first state championship.
Track and field
Also a standout athlete, Walker competed on the Trojans track & field team in events ranging from the 100-yard dash to the shot put.He won the shot put (16.56 m), 100-yard dash (9.5 s), and 220-yard dash (21.5 s) events at the GHSA Class A State T&F Championships. He also anchored the 4x400 team to victory, with a time of 3:24.01 minutes.
Walker also competed as a sprinter at Georgia, where he was a two-time All-American selection. He was a member of the SEC champion 4x100m relay squad in 1981. He ran the 100 meters in a PR 10.10 seconds in 1982 and improved his high school 100-yard dash time of 9.5 to 9.3 seconds. He also competed in the 55-meter dash in 1983, recording a then-world record time of 6.11 seconds.
He also competed in the 1992 Winter Olympi...
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