Former CFL player and coach Mike Walker seeks help with medical bills

Former Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive lineman and Edmonton Eskimos coach Mike Walker is looking for help in dealing with significant expenses stemming from a recent medical issue.

According to a GoFundMe page started by Walker’s daughter Taylor, Mike recently underwent surgery to correct issues stemming from a previously undiagnosed spinal cord compression that was threatening to paralyze him. He is facing months of recovery and physical therapy as well as a second surgical procedure.

Walker, 59, played 10 CFL seasons with Hamilton and Edmonton from 1982 to 1991, winning the Grey Cup with the Ticats in 1986. A three-time all-star, he finished with 95.5 career sacks.

He began his coaching career in 1997 as a defensive line coach at Washington State, his alma mater. He joined the Eskimos staff in 2009 and was with the Riders in 2011. Most recently, he served as the Dean of Student Success at Chinook Middle School in Washington State.

Taylor says Mike is currently hospitalized in Seattle. From the GoFundMe page:

Mike underwent a 12 hour emergency surgery to repair 2 of the 3 most critical issues. This first surgery will require months of recovery and physical therapy, which means missing nearly 2 months of work and mounting medical bills, in addition to transportation costs for his family to visit him since his daughter is graduating from Pullman High School 5 hours away.

To contribute to Mike’s recovery and find out more about the challenges he and his family are facing, check out the GoFundMe page.