Ravens cornerback Tray Walker laid to rest in team branded coffin, Luis Vuitton lined interior

The Baltimore Ravens organization helped lay to rest one of their own on Saturday as players, coaches and staff members joined the family and friends of Tray Walker for his funeral in Florida.

Walker, 23, died March 18 after suffering critical injuries when he collided with a Ford sport utility vehicle the day before near Miami.

Walker’s family had his casket custom made with the exterior decorated with his team number and helmet, as the interior was Louis Vuitton lined.

According to the Miami Herald, during Walker’s funeral at 93rd Street Community Baptist Church, the team’s head coach John Harbaugh was one of several people who eulogized the rookie player that was a fourth-round draft pick in 2015 out of Texas Southern University.

Family members and Coach John Harbaugh of Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker embrace near Walker's casket during his funeral on Saturday in Miami. Walker died March 18 after suffering critical injuries when he collided with a Ford SUV

‘On behalf of all the Ravens that are here I just want to say first of all, we love Tray Walker,’ Harbaugh said. ‘We just got to know Tray Walker one year ago. And we found out what a good-hearted, hard-working, determined, really sweet young man that he was.’

He shared a few heartwarming and fond memories of the brief time he had coaching Walker, who told him that his primary goal was to take care of his mother.

‘Tray Walker, we love you, and we’re going to miss you,’ Harbaugh said.

The large crowd at his funeral included Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Walker’s former teammate at Miami Northwestern Senior High School; DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association; and approximately 45 Ravens players, coaches and team officials, many of whom arrived from Baltimore in a plane chartered by team owner Steve Bisciotti, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Walker, who grew up in Miami, appeared in eight games for the Ravens, mostly on special teams, during his rookie campaign last season.

Walker, who grew up in Miami, appeared in eight games for the Ravens, mostly on special teams, during his rookie campaign last season

His agent, Ron Butler, said Walker was surrounded by friends and family when he was pulled off of life support at the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

Butler said Walker suffered serious head injuries in the collision and never showed any brain activity after arriving at the hospital.

‘I just wanted to say that Tray was an incredible young man and had a very promising career ahead of him,’ Butler told Reuters last week. ‘He will be missed.’

Police said the driver of the SUV stayed on the scene after the collision and was cooperating with authorities. Police said no charges had been filed.

The Ravens star was not wearing a helmet and was dressed in all black at the time of the accident, police said.

He was believed to be riding the dirt bike with another NFL player, but his agent does not know the name of the that player.

The station WBAL reported that Miami-Dade police do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the collision, and Walker was not racing.

Walker’s sister, Shalonda Martin, told the station WJZ the vehicle ran a stop sign right before the collision with Tray.

Walker said in an interview with ESPN that he was upset with his lack of playing time during his rookie season, but was using it to keep motivated for this upcoming season.

‘I’ll just use that as an edge for me,’ he said.

‘I’ll learn from this season and hope that I can come back strong next year and get on the field and make the plays they want me to make.’

The NFL player had dedicated his rookie season to his father, who died in 2014 of a heart attack.

The family spread his father’s ashes off the coast of Miami one day after Walker was drafted, which was also his father’s birthday.

Walker said in an interview with ESPN that he was upset with his lack of playing time during his rookie season, but was using it to keep motivated for this upcoming season. 'I'll just use that as an edge for me,' he said.

Source: The DailyMail

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