Walker, Wesley

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Wesley Walker
Wesley Walker was a wide receiver for the New York Jets from 1979 to 1989. Walker was born in 1955, in San Bernardino, California, and was an All-American at the University of California. Walker was taken in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft.

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NFL Career

Richard Todd connects with Walker against the Packers
Walker was a one team man, spending his entire career with the Jets. He was noted for his great speed, averaging over 20 yards per reception many seasons (his career average was 19 yards per reception). At the time of his retirement, he was second in Jets all-time receiving yardage. yards. Legally blind in one eye, Walker overcame this handicap to become one of the Jets all-time great receivers.

In his first year, he set a Jets' team record for most receiving yards by a rookie, with 740 yards. He led the league in receiving yards in 1978, and was elected to the Pro Bowl twice, in 1978 and 1982. He was also named the New York Jets MVP in 1978.

His best reception season came in 1983 when he caught 61 receptions, and in 1986 he had a career best 12 receiving touchdowns, four of them occurred in Week 3, as he caught a game-winning touchdown from Jets quarterback Ken O'Brien in overtime as the Jets beat Danielle Marino and the Miami Dolphins in a wild shootout game 51-45.

When he retired, he had caught 438 receptions for 8306 yards and 71 touchdowns.

Regular Season Career Stats

Year Rush Att Yds Avg TD Lng Receptions Yards Avg TD Lng
1977 3 25 8.3 11 35 740 21.1 3 87t
1978 1 -3 -3.0 0 -3 48 1169 24.4 8 77t
1979 0 0 0.0 0 0 23 569 24.7 5 71t
1980 0 0 0.0 0 0 18 376 20.9 1 47
1981 0 0 0.0 0 0 47 770 16.4 9 49
1982 0 0 0.0 0 0 39 620 15.9 6 56t
1983 0 0 0.0 0 0 61 868 14.2 7 64t
1984 1 1 1.0 0 1 41 623 15.2 7 44t
1985 0 0 0.0 0 0 34 725 21.3 5 96t
1986 0 0 0.0 0 0 49 1016 20.7 12 83t
1987 0 0 0.0 0 0 9 190 21.2 7 50t
1988 1 12 12.0 0 12 26 551 21.2 7 50t
1989 0 0 0.0 0 0 8 89 11.1 0 31
Total 6 35 5.8 0 12 438 8306 19.0 71 96t

Career Playoff Stats

Year Rush Att Yds Avg TD Receptions Yards Avg TD
1977 0 0 0.0 0 3 24 8.0 0
1982 0 0 0.0 0 16 314 19.6 2
1985 0 0 0.0 0 4 54 13.5 0
1986 0 0 0.0 0 4 94 23.5 1
Total 0 0.0 0 0 27 486 18.0 3

Post NFL Career

He is now a teacher at Kings Park High School and occasional sports radio show commentator. He has two sons and a daughter.

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