Graduation latest stop on Walker's redemption road


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One-time high school and Mississippi State football star Dontae Walker says he's overcome his past.

He tells The Clarion-Ledger ( ) that he didn't make it to the NFL, but the good Lord gave him another chance.

He had been dropped from Mississippi State's starting lineup in his senior year, 2002. He was dropped from the team after walking away from a game because some fans booed him.

He was later arrested for cocaine and marijuana possession. In 2005, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

He got out in 2009.

In 2010 he began taking classes at Belhaven University. Now 33, he got his bachelor's degree in social services on Saturday. He begins classes Monday toward a master's degree in sports administration.

He wants to coach.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,

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