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SHARKS SIGN PLAYER FROM OPEN TRYOUTS

01/11/2011 6:40 PM -

JACKSONVILLE, FLA - The Jacksonville Sharks announce defensive back and wide receiver Brain Walker was added to the 2011 roster on Tuesday, January 11, 2011.

Walker (5’10, 175, Washington State) joins the Sharks for his rookie season in the Arena Football League. Walker played with the Green Bay Blizzard (IFL) in 2010 and finished the season with five tackles - four solo - an interception and three pass break ups in just two games.

Walker drove from New Jersey to Jacksonville for the open tryouts held December 12, 2010. After a stellar workout in front of head coach Les Moss and defensive coordinator Jake Grande, Walker was offered a spot on the 2011 roster.

“I was screaming I was so happy,” said Walker when asked about his reaction to getting a call from 2010 Head Coach of the Year Les Moss to join the Sharks for 2011. “After the year the Sharks had [in 2010] I feel privileged, honored and excited all at the same time to be asked to join the team. I am ready to make some plays and help continue the winning ways in Jacksonville.”

Walker played three years of varsity football at Hackensack High (Hackensack, NJ) and was named team MVP and first-team all-league as a senior captain. He had 130 yards on three catches in one game and led Hackensack to the NNJIL Championship. Walker also spent one season as a sprinter on the track team and another season as a point guard on the basketball team.

Walker is one of several professional football players in his family. Walker’s cousin Ryan Grant is a running back for the Green Bay Packers. Brian Walker is also a cousin to Hershel Walker, the 1982 Heisman trophy winner from University of Georgia.

The Jacksonville Sharks are members of the Arena Football League (AFL). The reigning South Division Champions are presented by Sea Best Seafood and play all home games on Sea Best Field at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. The Sharks return to action Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Arizona to battle the Rattlers. The Sharks return home Friday, March 18, 2011 to take on division foe Georgia Force. Season tickets for the 2011 season are now available. To reserve your season tickets, group tickets, or for more information please call (904) 621-0700.