Bradley Walker (October 14, 1877 - February 3, 1951) was a celebrated southern college football player and official as well an attorney. The Palm of Alpha Tau Omega called Walker "one of the all-time greats in Southern athletic history."
Bradley Walker was born on October 14, 1877 in Columbia, Tennessee to William Overton Walker and Alice Cabler. His father was a farmer and a lumberman. Walker graduated as a licensed instructor from Peabody College in 1897, received his bachelors in 1898 from the University of Nashville, and his LL.B. at the University of Virginia in 1902.
University of Virginia:
Walker starred in football, baseball, and track at the University of Virginia. He later also played tennis and golf.
Walker was a prominent fullback and tackle for the Virginia Cavaliers.
Virginia in 1900 was Southern champion and gave the Sewanee Tigers their first defeat since 1897 by a score of 17 to 5. One account of the Sewanee game reads "Bradley Walker, full-back, is the strongest and heaviest player on the team." In the game against the Carlisle Indians he grabbed Hawley Pierce, Carlisle's biggest player, and carried him ten yards with him dangling over his shoulder.
The Cavaliers repeated as Southern champion. Walker was selected All-Southern in 1901.Caspar Whitney ranked him as perhaps the best player in the south, but said he had been playing football for more than four years if one were to include his time teaching at St. Albans in Radford, and so did not pick him. The Virginia faithful objected this was not a common reason to rule one ineligible.
Walker officiated many southern football contests, including the Michigan-Vanderbilt series.
Walker was president of the trustees in the joint stock company which owned the Nashville Vols baseball club from 1905 to 1907. The company's goal was to sell 100 shares of stock at $100 per share to raise $10,000. Never reaching this goal, the owners cut corners to remain solvent, selling the team by the end of 1907.
From 1906 until the close of his life he practiced law in Nashville. For thirty years he was an attorney for the Peabody College.
He was secretary of the Nashville Park Board from 1902 to 1910, and during 1940-42 was chairman of the Red Cross drive in Nashville.
Walker was a methodist, and politically a democrat.
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