Kenny Walker's goodbye to NU fans

Daily Freeman-6 years before

Their tribute on Senior Day included a pregame “deaf clap” for beloved defensive tackle Kenny Walker, who became deaf at age 2 after he contracted spinal meningitis.

When Walker ran onto the field during senior introductions, fans responded by raising their arms in the air and turning their hands back and forth — the sign-language signal for applause.

Mimi Mann, a sign-language interpreter, helped Walker conduct interviews and also with translating and signaling plays during his Husker career.


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