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broncoslover115
03-19-2016, 06:37 AM
So sorry to hear this. Was hoping he would pull through. RIP Tray.

http://den.247sports.com/Bolt/Baltimore-Ravens-cornerback-Tray-Walker-passes-away-at-age-23-44342990

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker passed away on Friday afternoon from injuries sustained in a Thursday evening motorbike accident. Walker was 23 years old.

The accident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. ET at an intersection in Miami, Florida when Walker, who was riding a dirt bike, collided with a Ford Escape. As of Thursday night, detectives were investigating the incident to see if the driver of the Escape ran a stop sign. Walker was not racing, and alcohol was not involved in the accident. Walker was not wearing a helmet.

Walker was taken to a hospital following the accident, where he was declared to be in critical condition. Walker underwent surgery during the night but was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, his agent Ron Butler said (via the Baltimore Sun).

"He loved his college, his teammates, coaches," Butler said of Walker, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. "He was big in terms of giving back."

Walker, a Miami native who attended college at Texas Southern, was selected by the Ravens in the fourth-round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Walker played in eight games last season as a rookie, primarily on special teams.

"We have two sons not too much older than Tray, and we can't imagine how much his family is suffering," Ravens owner Steve Bisciottis said in a statement. "This is so sad. The right words are hard to find at a time like this. As much as we can comfort Tray's mom and the rest of his family, we will."

Ravens players expressed their grief over social media on Friday evening.

"I just heard the news," posted Ravens receiver Marlon Brown on Twitter. "I can't believe it. I was just with him two weeks ago. That was like my little bro. RIP Tray Walker."

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who played with Walker at Miami Northwestern High School, offered a heartfelt goodbye on Instagram.

"Today we lost more than an athlete, we lost a son, a brother, a teammate, a classmate, a friend, and a GREAT person. You proved that something positive can come out of Miami Northwestern and off of 71st Street," Bridgewater wrote. "You were loved by many in the community and looked upon as a role model. It saddens me today knowing you were just scratching the surface and about to reach your full potential, but I know we serve a Mighty God who sits high and looks low and he has a plan for us all to prosper. Continue to watch over your family, teammates and loved ones. RIP Tray aka FreshKid. My condolences to the Walker family."

Ravens receiver Steve Smith also issued a statement on Friday evening.

"Times like this make you hug your kids tighter," Smith said. "A mother lost her son today, and a family lost their brother, including us, his extended family. Tray had a bright future ahead of him outside of football and was a guy who lit up the room with his personality. I will miss seeing him every day and seeing that bright smile he always wore. I pray that his family can find peace. Rest well, Tray."

LSIGRAD09
03-19-2016, 08:02 AM
Guy was 2 years younger than me. Horrible situation. RIP. I really was hoping he'd pull through.

ebsoria
03-19-2016, 08:28 AM
Very sad. Last I read was they ar elooking for an un-named Patriots player. Curious to see where this goes.

80stheman
03-19-2016, 10:12 AM
RIP Tray Walker :sad: :salute:

Peanut
03-19-2016, 10:30 AM
He died on his sister's birthday.

Thoughts and prayers to the Walker family and friends.

RIP Tray.

broncoslover115
03-19-2016, 10:52 AM
He died on his sister's birthday.

Thoughts and prayers to the Walker family and friends.

RIP Tray.

Ugh! That's terrible. How are people doing in BALT with this?

Peanut
03-19-2016, 12:18 PM
Ugh! That's terrible. How are people doing in BALT with this?

Here's an article from a local station. I don't know why the link says that he remains critical. It's been updated.

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/03/18/ravens-cb-tray-walkers-family-asks-for-prayers-as-he-remains-critical/

No lights on the bike (dirt bikes are illegal on Baltimore streets), dark clothing and no helmet. Simple little precautions. No, I'm not blaming Tray. He was young. He was having fun. It's more of a "what if...".

The open letter at the end of the article is very touching. Changes my opinion on Harbaugh a little.

I haven't talked to any Ravens fans, but I did go over to their forum and left a message. If anyone goes there, I know you'll represent Broncos Country in a classy way.

http://boards.baltimoreravens.com/topic/67855-prayers-up-for-tray-walker/

broncoslover115
03-19-2016, 02:30 PM
Here's an article from a local station. I don't know why the link says that he remains critical. It's been updated.

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/03/18/ravens-cb-tray-walkers-family-asks-for-prayers-as-he-remains-critical/

No lights on the bike (dirt bikes are illegal on Baltimore streets), dark clothing and no helmet. Simple little precautions. No, I'm not blaming Tray. He was young. He was having fun. It's more of a "what if...".

The open letter at the end of the article is very touching. Changes my opinion on Harbaugh a little.

I haven't talked to any Ravens fans, but I did go over to their forum and left a message. If anyone goes there, I know you'll represent Broncos Country in a classy way.

http://boards.baltimoreravens.com/topic/67855-prayers-up-for-tray-walker/

Wow, that is an AMAZING open letter. I think it should be read to all players and all young men. I'm wondering if you'd be willing to copy the letter and post it somewhere so all our posters could read it too. Or post a link in the Broncos forum to it so it's not missed. It brought tears to my eyes.

I guess I think it's fantastic advice for everyone. I'm posting it on my FB page.

Peanut
03-19-2016, 02:54 PM
Wow, that is an AMAZING open letter. I think it should be read to all players and all young men. I'm wondering if you'd be willing to copy the letter and post it somewhere so all our posters could read it too. Or post a link in the Broncos forum to it so it's not missed. It brought tears to my eyes.

I guess I think it's fantastic advice for everyone. I'm posting it on my FB page.

I'll see what I can do later. Trying to get supper for the family.

broncoslover115
03-19-2016, 03:55 PM
I'll see what I can do later. Trying to get supper for the family.

Awesome. People on my FB are loving it and sharing it.

Peanut
03-20-2016, 11:31 AM
For those that don't want to click on the link.

John Harbaugh's open letter:

Men,

Right now, this moment is an incredibly difficult time for our Team and our Family. One of our Brothers, Tray Walker, is fighting for his life. I know we are showering him with, and covering he and his family, with Prayer and hope.

That was the kind of phone call you never want get as a coach, as a parent, as a brother, as a friend. This shook me and all of us. Like some of you, I haven’t been able to rest since hearing the news late last night.

As I focused about Tray this morning, some thoughts came to mind that I wanted to share. What would I say to my own son, if I had a son, in a situation like this? You guys are that important to me.

This is what I would be saying to you in the team meeting room if we were together today: There is a lot going on out there and you are going to be involved in tough and difficult situations. You are making and will continue to make important choices pretty much every day. That’s okay. That’s our reality. It can even be very good to be put in different circumstances. To make it right, you are going to have to grow up fast. Probably faster than many of your friends and family.

Please remember to…

Lead in your home. Take care of Your Family and Yourself every single day. Think about who you are and where you are going, and what you stand for. Look after one another. Only then can you be your most effective on the job and in every area of your life.

Please consider your actions and choices. There are always consequences. Choose who you allow to advise you. Consider the quality of the council you take. Put yourself in positions to succeed. Turn away from unnecessary and risky behavior. Take care of your physical well-being. Live a healthy lifestyle. Pursue those things that make you better. Rest well. Eat well. Laugh with those who you love and love you. Fulfil your obligations effectively.

Be your own best friend. Do not be an enemy onto yourself. Turn away from trouble and harm. Walk away from foolish behavior. Ignore silly and unwise advice – You’ll know it when you see it.

Get to know those people in your life who manage to walk free from the weight of self-created obstacles. Get close to those who have gone where you want to go, and have accomplished what you want to accomplish. Grow Spiritually. Think about what and who you want to become.

I am asking you to consider what is at stake in your life. Consider what your thoughts, actions and choices mean to those around you. Live your life fully and with purpose. Have fun and share your happiness. Find Your Faith, and allow God to Grow Your Faith.

Let’s look out for one another. Be a great brother and friend. Inquire. Listen. Ask. Investigate. Reach out. Be There. Take a Step. Go For It.

Remember, We are Brothers in Arms. And, again, take care of each other.

John

Freyaka
03-21-2016, 09:34 AM
This kind of thing sucks. Reminds me of the season where we lost Nash and Williams. Sad seeing someone go so young. I am interested to see what the story is with the "unknown pats player" I saw that earlier this week as well.