EXCLUSIVE:Interview with Jets Great Wesley Walker, Part II

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TJP-Is there a receiver you like in the league right now, that you think is Wesley-like?

WW-You really can’t compare anybody like that, I was out in Arizona. I never watch a football game, I’m not a big sports fan, never really watch. I was out with a girlfriend of mine in Arizona, and she was a big Arizona Cardinals fan so I bought tickets and we went. It was the Seattle Seahawks, and I love Leon Washington, so we went to the game. Larry Fitzgerald had one of the best games I ever saw, just a tough kid and he could go over the middle..He actually got hit and I think he was couging up blood, and it was just, facinating. Over the years and time, he’s been consistent, and year in and year out he has had over 1,000 yards. I forget how many years in a row, but I would have to say that he is the best right now.

TJP-As a retired guy, do you have an opinion on this whole concussion thing?

WW-It’s funny that you mention that, I just signed on with an attorney out of New York. They contacted me after they had gotten my information, they are picking a couple of guys to be the face of this lawsuit. They are gonna probably use my name, almost to set the precedence, and it would be a history making type thing, being named in this particular suit. It’s not against the NFL for me, I wish the NFL, the Players Association and the alumni would just get together and there has to be some type of fund or long term care. Just some type of prevention to try to help these guys, because there are a lot of sad stories. I’ve had neck surgery after my career, I have fourteen screws, a plate and a cage in my neck. I’ve had nothing but problems since the surgery. I’ve had my shoulder reconstructed, I’ve had my knee reconstructed. Right now, they are starting to fail on me, it’s hard for me to get up in the morning. The stenosis, and the problem I have had in my neck, I have in my back, I just haven’t had any work done to it, which I refuse to. And so, I can relate to some of these things. After they received my records in New York, they said they would like to name you as part of this suit, and I am gonna just speak out. But my thing is hoping that they develop some funding for health care, and you know, future care for NFL players that fall under certain categories. A lot of guys don’t even have insurance.

Thanks to Wesley Walker for taking the time to talk with us, and a special thanks to the guys at Sports Center in Middletown, NY, for allowing us the time in their store. If you are in the Middletown, NY area, check them out, whether you are looking for a gift or a great sports memorabilia store, come and drop by.

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