Alumni Spotlight: Langston Walker

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Photo by Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

Earlier this month, I had the honor to talk to former Buffalo Bills offensive tackle, Langston Walker.

Langston Walker, is a gentle giant, 6’ 8” 345 lb. offensive tackle who played for the Buffalo Bills in 2007 and 2008, he was cut just before the beginning of the 2009 NFL season. He’s a phenomenal run blocker who can plow the road with the best of them and had underrated
pass blocking abilities. He is currently retired from the NFL and seemingly enjoying life by traveling the world.

Scott DelleFave: I just wanted to say thank you very much for this Langston, it’s truly an honor talk to you!
Langston Walker: No problem Scott, anything for the fans!

Scott: What was your greatest on and off the field memory while being in Buffalo?
Langston: My greatest on field memory was seeing Kevin Everett deliver the game ball before our home finally versus the Giants. It was the first time any of us had seen him after his horrific injury. It truly brought me to tears.

Best off field memory would be going to Niagara Falls for the first time. The amazing and hypnotizing power the falls had was beyond anything I could describe. I think I just stood there for about 20 minutes as I felt the energy rush around me. I have traveled around the world, the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, and the Parthenon, and I felt this was right up there with them.

Scott: Growing up and playing the majority of your career in Northern California, what was the transition moving across the country like, and did you ever get used to the snow storms of Western New York?
Langston: The cold was no issue with me. I loved it in fact! California only really has 2 seasons, but in Buffalo I was able to see all 4. I really didn’t mind the weather unless it was sweltering hot.

Scott: Who would you say was the greatest influence on your playing career regardless of level?
Langston: My high school coach, Paul Perenon, was my greatest football influence. My parents had their part, but he really taught me about sportsmanship, dedication and overcoming adversity.

Scott: I saw on your Twitter timeline that you’ve played in NFL 36 stadiums, which was your favorite and least favorite and why?
Langston: I think a great stadium is more than a big screen or a huge locker room, it’s about the fans and the atmosphere. Playing at home in Oakland or Buffalo, which weren’t exactly the newest stadiums in the league, but were both great stadiums because of the energy of the fans. I’ve also had great times in opposing teams’ stadiums, talking back and forth with their fans. Especially the knowledgeable and respectful ones that know the game, not just the fans that say obnoxious things about people’s families or laugh when someone gets hurts. I will say this; Jerry Jones definitely spent some good money down in Dallas, though.

Scott: Is there anything else you’d like to say to Buffalo Bills fans?
Langston: I’d just like to tell Bills fans they are some of the greatest fans in sports. I would really like to thank them for accepting me into their family and making my time in Western New York a memorable one.