Jay “Sky” Walker, a California native, began his professional sports career at the tender age of 17, when he was drafted out of high school to be a pitcher in the California Angles organization’s minor league team. While in the minor league of baseball, Jay realized his passion was football, and pursued it. He was recruited as a Quarterback by famed former Washington Redskin’s head coach, George Allen who was at that time Head Coach at Long Beach State University (Long Beach, CA), and served in that capacity until the death of Coach Allen two years later. He was then recruited by Howard University (Washington, DC), where he led the Bison to their first playoff berth in the team’s history.
During his years at Howard University, Jay Walker majored in Political Science. There his passion for reading was directed toward autobiographies written by politicians. Jay is best known, however, for leading the Howard Bison to an 11-0 season in 1994. Along the way, he broke several Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) and Howard University records, which led to him becoming a College Football All-American. He was named I-AA football player of the year by Sports Illustrated; ranked the #3 Quarterback prospect by the NFL Draft Board in 1994, and drafted by the New England Patriots in the 1994 NFL Draft. He played four seasons in the NFL: two years with the New England Patriots and two years with the Minnesota Vikings. He is currently the President of Walker Financial Services, in Oxon Hill, MD. He also is a Maryland State Delegate representing the 26th Legislative District in the Maryland General Assembly and is a sought after lead color commentator; having worked for BET Sports, ESPNU, NFL Network, as well as the Host of the Black Family Channel’s weekly Sports Desk.
Jay has been featured on The George Michael Sports Machine, ESPN, SportsTalk with Glenn Harris, Comcast Sportsnet, The Sports Groove, and The Washington Post for both his success on the field as a Quarterback, as well as his community involvement off of the field. While the accolades have been rewarding, Jay Walker has always remained humble in the fact that “it’s always better to give than receive.” While in the NFL, Jay Walker was chairman of the 1998 Multiple Sclerosis READ-a_THON and 5K Walk. He promoted literacy through public speaking and was an active participant in Christian Athletes United for Spiritual Empowerment (CASUE). Once Jay Walker retired from the NFL, he started the Prince George’s County, Maryland-based Sky Walker Flight School Football Camp in 1999, as a free service to young men. Current and former NFL players and coaches, who volunteer their time to home skills of high school players, staff the camp. This free skills camp started out as a one day camp in a park, and it has grown to become a two-day camp, where the young men are housed on the campus of Bowie State University, and receive a mandatory SAT Preparatory Course, and media workshop training as part of the experience.
Jay Walker lives in Fort Washington, MD with his wife Monique Anderson Walker and their three children.