This time around, he wants others to include a plan for safe travel in their preparations of watching Super Bowl XLVIII.
Not long after Walker and the 49ers finished just short of the Ravens in New Orleans, Walker was struck with a much tougher loss. His aunt and uncle, Alice and Bryan Young, were killed when their vehicle was struck by a drunk driver.
Walker has since dedicated his energy and spare time to preventing other tragedies by partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to lobby for legislative changes in Tennessee, raise money and awareness for the program and continuously stressing the importance of having a designated driver.
Walker worked his way around Radio Row at the Super Bowl XLVIII Media Center in New York on Wednesday in a shirt with the MADD logo on it. He had a full day that included multimedia interviews and a dinner with officials from MADD.
“I’m here because of MADD, which everyone knows my auntie and uncle were killed by a drunk driver last year after the Super Bowl,” Walker said. “We’re here to spread a message to have a plan before you go out. We just want everybody to be safe.”
That means planning ahead to prevent drunk driving on a day that so many gather to celebrate football with friends and family.
Walker said it was difficult to compare the experience of preparing to play in the game and participating in a media spree like Radio Row.
“Being in the Super Bowl is exciting, and I’m excited for these guys, the Seahawks and Denver. It’s an experience that you’ll never forget,” Walker said. “Being here though, is different. It’s exciting but different at the same time. You get to see the back end of it, instead of seeing the football, you get to see all the media, some of the Hall of Famers, some old, some new. It’s a good experience. You get to get your voice heard and spread a message.”
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