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Dallas Walker, San Diego Chargers, Football

by carmine on July 15, 2013




 

 

At the age of 11 years old I was saved at a church in Tennessee. Growing up, my mother had always instilled in me and my three younger brothers the importance of putting Christ first in our lives; however, it wasn’t until years later that I discovered and understood what it truly meant to be a disciple and follower of Christ.  A couple weeks into my senior year in high school is where my faith would truly be tested for the first time.  My father was arrested for domestic violence, something my mother lived with throughout the marriage, and after 22 years they divorced. Although it was best for my mother and us, initially it was difficult.  As I left for college to play football, I had to leave behind my mom and three younger brothers.  Those first couple of years were tough at times, but God always provided and never left our side.  Throughout college, rather than putting Christ first in all areas, I would only place him first in some and secondary in others.  I learned the hard way at times, that God wants all of us, not just part of us. 

After graduating from Western Michigan University, where I played college football from 2009 to 2011, I came back to Chattanooga,Tennessee,  where my mom and three younger brothers live.  It was there that I began to train in hopes of getting an opportunity to play in the NFL.  After the 2012 draft had ended, and the free agency period had slowed down, I still had not received a call from any teams. Needless to say, I spent the entire 2012 season at home.

At the time, what was one of the most frustrating things I had ever been through and seemingly the worst thing that could possibly have happened, turned out to be the biggest blessing from God. That fall, October 2012, I made the decision that I would continue to train for an NFL regional combine that would take place the following spring.  In the meantime, my wife and I started attending Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  It was there that Robby Gallaty, the pastor of the church, approached me and asked if I would like to be in his discipleship group. Shortly thereafter, I began a journey with Pastor Gallaty as he showed me, both in the scriptures and by example, what it really means to put Christ first in every aspect of life and to seek God’s will rather than my own.  We met on a weekly basis, memorizing scripture and examining God’s word, as I continued to prepare for my upcoming workouts. 

After performing at the combine in Chicago this past March, I was invited to a similar event in Dallas, Tx.  I was then signed and given the opportunity to play for the San Diego Chargers. 

God put my personal plans on hold and brought me to a place where I could be drawn closer to Him more so than I had ever been before.  He enabled me to clearly see the plan He had for my life. God’s timing is not always our timing, but he is always right on time.  He gave me the chance to continue doing what he gave me a passion for while opening my eyes to the core of what His word says and what it truly means to live for an Audience of One. 

Throughout life, adversity is going to strike and circumstances will constantly change.  James 1:2-3 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” 

We can’t always control what others do or what happens around us, but one thing we can ALWAYS control is attitude.  We must rely, look to, and lean on Jesus Christ for guidance; otherwise, we are destined for failure time and time again.  Right now, I am where I am by God’s hand alone.  I don’t know what my future holds in the next year, the next month, or even the next week, but I do know the One that is holding my future.

Dallas Walker 
Western Michigan TE 2009-2011
San Diego Chargers TE 2013-

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