Tray Walker, Ravens CB, Dies at Age 23 After Motorcycle Accident

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2016

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Tray Walker #25 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on during pre-game warm ups prior to playing the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL game at Levi's Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker, 23, died Friday at 5 p.m. ET after suffering injuries in a motorcycle accident March 17.

Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun passed along the news from Walker's agent, Ron Butler. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network added Walker sustained "serious head injuries."

Walker was initially taken to the trauma unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami after colliding with a Ford Escape, according to Zrebiec.

"We have two sons not too much older than Tray, and we can't imagine how much his family is suffering," Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said, per the Ravens' official Twitter account. "This is so sad."

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh described Walker as "a young man with a good and kind heart. He was humble and loved everything about being part of the Ravens’ team," per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

"Tray was one of the most humble persons we brought in for a predraft visit," general manager Ozzie Newsome said, per Zrebiec. "That was striking."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell provided a statement on Walker:

"​The loss of this young man is a terrible tragedy, and this is a sad day for everyone in the NFL. Our thoughts are with Tray’s family and friends, his teammates and the entire Baltimore Ravens organization."

Ravens teammates Marlon Brown, Justin Forsett and Crockett Gillmore offered condolences upon hearing the news:

Marlon Brown @MB_uno4

I just heard the news.. I can't believe it. I was just with him two weeks ago. That was like my little bro. RIP Tray Walker.

Justin Forsett @JForsett

Heart hurting right now!

A fourth-round pick in 2015, Walker appeared in eight games for the Ravens and recorded two tackles primarily as a special teams contributor during his rookie season after shining at Texas Southern University.

"It was just a learning step for me," Walker said of his rookie season, per Zrebiec. "There was a lot for me to learn and accomplish throughout the season, adjusting to the length of the season as well as studying the game. At some points, it was [frustrating]. But I just used that as an edge for me."

Prior to joining the Ravens, Walker recorded nine interceptions over the course of four collegiate seasons. 

"They were overwhelmed by my size and my ability to move the way I can," Walker said after the Ravens drafted him, according to Ryan Mink of the team's official website. "I just kept faith that I'd be somewhere, and I ended up at the place where the most interest was there."

A Miami native, Walker dedicated his rookie season to his late father, Tommy Lee Walker, who died of a heart attack at 53 years old in November 2014, according to Zrebiec.


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