After 12 years of going untouched, Randy Walker's practice outline is immortalized by Northwestern
Honoring former Northwestern head coach Randy Walker is something Pat Fitzgerald has done every single day. Now, the Wildcat football family has immortalized the memory of their late coach in an awesome way.
For the past 12 years, since his unexpected death in 2006, Walker’s practice outline — which had been written on a whiteboard in the staff meeting room — had gone untouched. But Northwestern wanted to honor Walker in an even better way and ensure that his message was never touched.
The whiteboard was recently encased and moved to the Walter Athletics Center, the new home for the football program.
A photo of the white board with Coach Walker’s practice outline. It was left untouched in the @NUFBFamily staff meeting room for over 12 years. It was recently encased and moved to the new Walter Athletics Center, new home for Northwestern Football. Thank you @coachfitz51 pic.twitter.com/lpc2qRi9wv
— Matt Weikert (@MattWeikert1) August 3, 2018
First of all, it’s pretty cool that the message Walker left on the whiteboard was left untouched for over a decade. It’s even better knowing that message will live on forever.
Walker coached at Northwestern from 1999-2005, accumulating a 37-45 record in seven seasons with the Wildcats. He also led the team to three bowl games in that stretch.
He unexpectedly died of a heart attack in June 2006.
Fitzgerald was named the head coach following Walker’s death and has often talked about the positive impact Walker had on the program and that his memory continues to live on within the Northwestern football family.