by: Shawn Clynch
Cedric Walker was once a stand-out defensive back for the Lufkin Panthers. He later became a 2-time all-american at Stephen F. Austin State University.
After wrapping up his college career, Walker received an opportunity in the N.F.L. after his storied career at SFA, but he found his home in the Arena Football League.
Walker managed to survive 10-seasons in the A.F.L. and won a title ring with the Arizona Rattlers in 1997.
He retired as an A.F.L. player in 2005 and began his coaching career as a defensive coordinator in the Arena Football League 2 in Bakersfield, California.
On Wednesday, Walker received his 1st head coaching opportunity in the A.F.L. 2. He was named the head coach of the Everett Hawks in Washington state.
The Hawks are owned by Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Adams, who is a former Texas A&M Aggie and is a native Texan.
Over the past year Adams and Walker discussed this possibility and made it official.
Walker told me by phone "This is a blessing. I believe my 10-years as a player in the Arena Football League has groomed me for this opportunity. Sam Adams believes in me and he and I know each other well and he is confident that I will make his team a winner."
Cedric also commented on how proud he is of Lufkin High School head football coach John Outlaw. Walker watched his alma mater play The Woodlands on ESPN2 live from his living room in Victorville, California.
He said he has influenced his two daughters to follow the Pack. "Whenever they see Lufkin playing football they will cheer L-U-F, K-I-N, it makes me a proud father, ha ha."