10 things you didn't know about: Nathan Walker

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  • By Leslie Finstein and 2nd Lt. Meredith Kirchoff
  • Air Force Academy Public Affairs
If you followed Falcon Football this year, you know about senior fullback Nathan Walker, who stepped up this season to fill the shoes of injured fullback Jared Tew.

Cadet Walker, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., got the start after Tew broke his fibula in the San Diego State game Oct. 16. In the games that followed, Walker rushed for 453 yards and six touchdowns and averaged 4.6 yards per carry.

You may think you know Cadet 1st Class Nathan Walker just from his moves on the field, but here are 10 things you didn't know.

1. When did you start playing football? Who got you started?
My parents got me started playing football in the second grade. I started with flag football then moved up.

2. Favorite sports to play off-season?
It's definitely snowboarding. I love hitting the slopes on weekends with a bunch of friends.

3. Favorite professional athlete?
I really look up to NFL great Walter Payton. Not only did he dominate on the field, he also was an outstanding man of character off the field.

4. Favorite movie or TV show?
Favorite movie is Gladiator. Favorite TV shows are The Office and Modern Family.

5. Favorite food?
Nothing can top a good pizza.

6. Favorite subject in school?
Whatever class I have a good grade in.

7. If I were not a cadet, I would be ...

Probably at a small college in Colorado somewhere playing football.

8. If my friends had to use one word to describe me, it would be ...
Determined. I was raised to never quit and finish everything I start.

9. The best part of playing football is ...
Playing alongside your brothers on the team. It's a great group of guys to be a part of, and they make me proud to be an Air Force Falcon.

10. I came to the Academy because ...
I originally just wanted to play football, but then I got here and I realized the great opportunity I had to fly jets in service to this great nation. I have loved playing football here, but I am also excited to serve as a pilot in the future.