Former Tennessee Titan tight end Delanie Walker has officially announced his retirement from the National Football League, in a that was statement issued via the Titans’ official website on Tuesday.
“Playing this game, I did it for so long, I am so thankful,” Walker said. “I would say it worked out better than I could have imagined.”
Walkers played 14 seasons in the league and was drafted out of the 6th round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, but experienced his biggest success when he landed with the Titans via a four-year, $17.5 million contract in 2013.
Walker was named to the Pro Bowl in three of his seven years with the Titans, and became one of the league’s premier tight ends. Walker’s 28 touchdown receptions is the most for a Titans/Oilers tight end, with his 4,423 receiving yards ranking second among tight ends in franchise history.
Walker was the team’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee in 2013 and 2015 for his community work.
“I want to congratulate Delanie on a fantastic NFL career,” said Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk. “His impact on our team and in our community is undoubtedly one to be celebrated and set a standard for others. He was a true professional in everything he did and was one of the key players who helped our organization reach the level of success that we have sustained for several years now.”
Walker was released in March 2020 and failed to land on a new team.
Walker closes out his career with 504 receptions for 5,888 yards and 36 touchdowns.