Ravens 23-year-old cornerback Tray Walker died Friday afternoon, his agent Ronald Butler confirmed in a text to CSN. Walker was unable to recover from head trauma and injuries suffered in a Thursday night dirt bike accident.
Walker, a native of Miami, was a fourth round draft pick in 2015 out of Texas Southern. A developing player, Walker only played in eight games last season, primarily on special teams. But the Ravens were intrigued by his potential, and Walker had planned on returning to the Ravens’ facility in the near future to continue his offseason training.
During a telephone interview from the hospital in Miami on Thursday, Butler said that doctors had done everything they could for Walker, but that he had suffered substantial head injuries. Butler confirmed that Walker was not wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.
Asked to describe what kind of person Walker was, Butler said Walker’s career was getting ready to take off.
“Tray wanted to be great,” Butler said. “He wanted to take care of his family. He was a very giving young man. He was full of life, eager to do good things in the community. He wanted to give back. Just a very humble guy.
“The Ravens had a lot of high hopes for Tray. That’s why Ozzie (Newsome) drafted him.,” Butler said of the Ravens’ general manager. “Even though he wasn’t from a big program, Ozzie saw something in Tray. I feel like they believed in him. I talked to Ozzie about his future. He was just getting ready back up to Baltimore next week to start working out at the facility. He was making all the right strides.This is just very tough.”