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Who are Travon Walker's parents ahead of 2022 NFL Draft?

Joshua Rogers April 28, 2022
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We find out more about Travon Walker’s parents, Stead and Lasonia Walker, ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft.

The 2022 NFL Draft takes place later tonight (28 April) with Aidan Hutchinson and Travon Walker likely to battle it out for No. 1 overall pick.

However, according to the latest odds it is the former Georgia Bulldogs defensive end who is likely to go first overall. We find our more about Travon Walker’s parents and his upbringing ahead of the draft.

Travon Walker’s college career

21-year-old Travon Walker started all 15 games for Georgia in their National Championship-winning season, registering 37 tackles, six sacks and two pass breakups.

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He was named in the Freshman All-SEC Team after collecting 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 12 games. He played across the entire defensive line during his time at Georgia. On 15 January 2022, Walker declared for the 2022 NFL Draft.

At the NFL Draft Combine, Walker posted a 4.51-second 40-yard dash – not bad for someone who’s 6ft 5in and weighs 275lb.

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What we know about Travon Walker’s parents

Travon Walker’s parents are Stead Walker and Lasonia Walker – high-school sweethearts who grew up in Thomaston, Georgia, where they raised Travon and his two sisters.

Travon’s mother, Lasonia, is a receptionist at a local education centre in Thomaston. Travon Walker’s father, Stead Walker, served in the US Marine Corps.

“I’m proud of being a Marine and I think he’s proud I’m a Marine also,” Stead Walker told FOX 5 Sports. “(Travon) has some of the Marine Corps traits in him also – an early-morning person, organisation with things.”

Per We Are Mighty, it was in the Marines where Stead learned the value of discipline and it turned him into, as Travon would call it, “a hard-nosed dude”.

“He was always on me, since I was a young kid, and I really thank him for that. I feel like it molded me into the man I am today,” Travon said of his father.

They have been hugely supportive of their son’s football career

In a feature for The Athletic, Seth Emerson detailed some of Travon’s early life and the influence his parents had on him. He writes that Travon’s parents were a big part of keeping him grounded and instilled discipline in him from an early age.

Emerson adds: “Travon was more quiet, like his mom, made good grades and was a good citizen. He used to make money on the side by cutting grass for people around town, who paid him $50. He was the kind of kid who would cut up with friends in class but otherwise kept on the straight and narrow.”

Stead and Lasonia have been hugely supportive of their son’s career and regularly attend games. They were at the Orange Bowl in Miami earlier in the year and attended the National Championship game against Alabama. Ahead of the game, Lasonia told FOX: “I’m confident, but I’m still going to be nervous because that’s my baby.”

The Bulldogs went on to win the game and now Lasonia is a matter of hours away from her son being one of the most talked about youngsters in the country.

What do you think, will Travon be selected with the No.1 pick or do you think it will be someone else? Let us know in the comments!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.