One of the best athletes to ever come out of Idaho has passed away at the age of 80-years-old.

 

Wayne Walker was a star at Boise High School, went on to play for the University of Idaho and was then drafted by the Detroit Lions.  He played fifteen years for Detroit as a linebacker and a placekicker.  Walker ended up playing in 3 Pro Bowls and has been named one of the top ten athletes to come out of Idaho by Sports Illustrated magazine.

 

The University of Idaho retired #53 back in 1999 in Walker's honor.  Walker has also been considered for the Football Hall of Fame although he's had no nomination yet.

 

Walker got into broadcasting in the San Francisco area after his football career.  He was a commentator for the 49ers and Oakland A's.  He did this for 15 years and then packed his family up and moved back to our beautiful Treasure Valley spending his last years right here in Boise.

 

Walker suffered from Parkinsons which eventually led to his death on Friday.  He is survived by his wife, three children, and eight grandchildren.  You will be missed Wayne!