As the Ravens continued to mourn the passing of 23-year-old cornerback Tray Walker, players and coaches reacted with more expansive thoughts Friday night. All of them expressed their shock, sadness, and prayers for Walker’s family.
In just one season with the Ravens, Walker clearly left his coaches and teammates with precious memories. Here are some quotes that give more insight into Walker’s personality, as provided by the Ravens’ public relations’ staff.
Defensive backs coach Chris Hewitt
“Tray was a young man who had a way about him that he could light up a room with a smile. Once you got to know him, he was one of the funniest guys. Whenever I got angry, he could make me laugh in a tense situation and bring me back to a cooler head. He challenged me as a coach because he had a thirst for knowledge.
“He had a vision of what he wanted to be as a player, and after last season he left our building determined that in 2016 he would be a household name in Baltimore. He had so much potential and was on his way to being a great NFL player. He will be missed and will never be forgotten.”
Cornerback Jimmy Smith
“He was a tremendous young man with so much potential, and I will miss him. Tray had a hard shell, but once you broke through that, you found a person who was learning to become a man and was so eager to be a great person and professional. I am heartbroken for his family.”
Ravens safety Terrence Brooks
“We both shared life experiences growing up in Florida. We sat together every day during meetings. He was like a little brother to me. I especially remember times he would drop by my house, and we would have long talks and laughs just about the NFL and everyday life. I truly felt a brotherly bond with him.
“I feel like he was much more of a man just because of where he grew up. Football was his escape. Not many understood that. It hurts my heart that he’s not getting the chance to show the world what type of man and football player he was going to be.
“But one thing I do know is that Tray will never leave my side. He will be watching over me every step of the way. I see just how precious life is, and I will fully dedicate my season to Tray.”