|Title:||Class of 1986|
Mike Walker, your superior performances as the most prolific wide receiver at WPI brought national attention to you and your college, credibility to the WPI football program and small-college football in New England.
Your coach,Mel Massucco, in 1976 volunteered, "Mike Walker is the best receiver I have seen in my 25 years of coaching in the New England level. He has good hands, a knack for getting open and what I call sneaky speed." One scour from the New England Patriots, said, "He has the best moves of any split end I have seen in New England."
Through your four years, you set several school records and many still stand including records for career and season receptions and season career receiving yards. Against Middlebury in 1975, you electrified a home crowd with an 89-yard touchdown pass reception, a play which still stands as a record at WPI.
During your sophomore and junior years, you were named Associated Press Little All- America and your fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon named you to their national All-Star First Team. As a sophomore, you received all-ECAC Devision III Honorable Mention and United Press International College Division All-New England Honorable Mention.
In your junior year, you were named both UPI and ECAC Division III All-New England First Team and AP All-Division All- New England Honorable Mention.
In the same season, you were listed on the New England Elite All-Division Offense, one of only two Division III players to make the top 50. Perhaps the most valued laurels were presented by your hometown followers; the Billy Stuka Memorial Award and the Clinton Exchange Club Award, during your senior season. The final college award you received at WPI was the coveted Varsity Club Award, given to the senior who is selected for his achievements, contributions, character, leadership, sportsmanship and promotion of school spirit during his career.
Your accomplishments on the athletic fields were not limited to the gridiron alone. For three years, you were a member of the varsity baseball team as a pitcher and gave basketball a try in your freshman year.
Though a professional football career loomed on the horizon after your final season, you opted instead to put the degree you earned at WPI to work.
Mike Walker, it is the distinct pleasure of the Poly Club to add one more jewel to your crown with your induction into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.