It has been a little over three months since Tulane safety, Devon Walker, was left with a broken neck and collapsed lung. However, he recently celebrated his 22nd birthday with a few special guests.

Walker, a native of New Orleans, has been making progress, but most important to him are the prayers from family, friends and those he has never even met. He has received an overwhelming number of letters and words of encouragement from across the globe.


His family has been at his side throughout, but it was one visit in particular that lifted the spirits of this seriously injured player. It was more than a few good men, but almost an entire 11-man team.

The New Orleans Saints lived up to their name on November 29 -- Walker's Birthday, as they decided to pay him a visit at his rehab facility in Tulsa.

Tulane University
Tulane University

New Orleans Saints players and coaches: Drew Brees, Joe Vitt, Jonathan Vilma, Pierre Thomas, Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Marques Colston, Lance Moore, Will Smith and Zach Strief were among the visitors.

Walker's hometown heroes exchanged their own words of encouragement as well as filled Walker's room with laughter.

"My family and I are very grateful for the support we continue to receive. Some days, when I think that I just can't do this anymore, remembering my many friends and supporters (both old and new) who are praying for me gives me the strength to go on. I know that my fight is just beginning. Please continue to pray for my recovery. Thank you very much," Walker said.

September 8, 2012, is a day that will forever stay on the mind of Walker, his family and the Tulane community. However, today and tomorrow is what his family has decided to focus on.

Walker's injury was so serious that he had surgery within 24 hours since remaining motionless on the field against Tulsa. He sustained a cervical spine fracture and received CPR on the field. He was in ICU after he underwent neck surgery to stabilize his spine and he is now showing signs of progress in therapy.


In addition to Tulane supporting Walker, Tulsa has also linked their website to Tulane's to keep people updated on his condition and progress as well as provide a way to donate to the Walker family.

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