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Jay Walker
File:Jay Walker (quarterback and politician) (2007).jpg
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates from District 26
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 10, 2007
Preceded by Darryl A. Kelley
Constituency Prince George's County
Personal details
Born Jewel Jacobia Walker
(1972-01-24) January 24, 1972 (age 48)
Los Angeles, California
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Monique (Anderson) Walker
Children Jeannine, Jewel, Jasmine
Residence Fort Washington, Maryland
Occupation entrepreneur , sports commentator
Religion Christian
Jay Walker
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
NFL Draft: 1994 / Round: 7 / Pick: 198
Organizations

Jay Walker (born January 24, 1972) is an American politician who represents district 26 in the Maryland House of Delegates.

BackgroundEdit

Born in California, Delegate Walker attended University High School in Los Angeles and graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in political science. He is married to Monique Anderson Walker. He lives in Fort Washington, MD with her two daughters Jeannine, Jasmine and son Jewel. Her daughter Jasmine plays lacrosse at George Washington University. His son Jewel plays on the 2016 Maryland State Champion Prince George's Pride lacrosse team.

Currently, Walker is CEO and President of Walker Financial Services, and a college football analyst for ESPN.[1]

Football careerEdit

Walker played quarterback in both college and professional football, after a brief stint in professional baseball. After high school, he was drafted by Major League Baseball's California Angels organization.[1] He spent one year as a pitcher in the minor leagues before deciding to pursue college football.[1] He initially attended Long Beach State but transferred when football was eliminated as a sport at the school.[2]

He then joined the Howard University Bison, where he set single-season records for pass completions and passing yardage, as well as a single-game record for pass completions (with 38).[3] His passing earned him the nickname "Sky Walker." He was selected to the All-MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) teams in both 1992 and 1993, and named Offensive Player of the Year in 1993.[3] That season, the Bison recorded an undefeated regular season while winning the MEAC championship and a claim to the black college football national championship; the team also secured the school's first NCAA Division I-AA playoff bid and a top-ten national ranking.[3][4] In 2005, Walker was voted into the Howard University Athletics Hall of Fame.[3]

Walker pursued a professional career in the National Football League when he was selected in the 7th round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots.[2] Walker spent the 1995 season in the World League of American Football with the Barcelona Dragons, where he suffered an injury during a game in which a lack of running backs required him to throw a pass on every play.[5] Following the injury, he lost his job with New England, but he returned to the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, where he served as a backup for two years. He attempted two career NFL passes, both for completions.[6]

In the legislatureEdit

Delegate Walker has been a member of House of Delegates since January 2007. He serves on the House Ways and Means Committee and its education and finance resources subcommittees. He is also a member of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.[7]

Walker sponsored House Bill 30 in 2007, establishing the Maryland Educational Fund.[8]

ReferencesEdit

Template:Current members of the MD House of Delegates Template:Patriots1994DraftPicks

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