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San Francisco 49ers Delanie Walker
BIG MAN, BIG ENTHUSIASMS
By John Joss Master of Ceremonies
The 49ers #46, Delanie Walker, was a sixth-round choice of the team in 2006 out of Central Missouri State, with a solid record of achievement despite his youth. The team calls him a “fast, sure-handed tight end.”
He makes a grand entrance in his Mercedes-Benz AMG 6.3 ‘Tuxedo’ coupe—-jet black with white interior. He eases his 242 pounds out of the driver’s seat and smiles, big time, moving with the easy grace of an athlete despite his size. Inches high on your TV screen, the big man in life commands his environment.
Delanie has loved cars since his Pomona childhood, almost a typical California-dreaming vehicle nut. His automobile memories are strong: “I was 11 and the family had a ’74 Buick Riviera with a ‘continental kit’—-you know, the spare wheel under a cover in the back. I’ve wanted that car all my life. It’s my dream car. I’ve loved cars since I can remember.”
Now the object of his immediate attention is his 1989 Camaro: “I wanted everything electric,” says Delanie, “and I got it.” He calls the color ‘Delanie’ black but the restorers, Mike McArdle and Jesse Campillo of Broke Neck Kustoms of South San Francisco, have worked their color magic: depending on the angle of vision, the black paint sheds a dark blue or purple lusterGlance at the ‘trunk’ and all you see is speakers, probably with enough amplification to make the car into a ground-effect machine and wake the dead all the way to Tiera del Fuego. The car was completed in February 2009. Delanie has a 1972 Skylark ES in restoration, and it (unlike his Camaro) is already eligible for the classic Hillsborough field (the Camaro can come in 2014).
What’s ahead for this self-confessed lover of '70s muscle cars? "One that particularly attracts me--beyond the Riviera and the Camaro—-is the 1972 El Camino, the 5.7 SS version, and a 1967 GTO, with stick shift, if I can scrape up the sixty big ones it’ll take." Hillsborough hopes to see Delanie on the field with a car in the coming years.
Article compliments of the 49ers Foundation
"Every Sunday in the Fall we do everything we can to win. All year long, we do everything we can to support our community." The San Francisco 49ers Foundation is the non-profit, Community-funding extension of the San Francisco 49ers. Now in its 16th year, the 49ers Foundation supports development programs for underserved youth that keep them safe, on track and in school. A significant portion of its funding goes toward family violence- prevention programs and activities that teach youth leadership and respect.
Through the leadership of 49ers team owners Denise and John York, the 49ers Foundation has donated more than $4 million over the last four years to non-profits throughout the Bay Area.
In 2009, the 49ers Foundation is supporting the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in its annual drive to benefit the community. We urge visitors to learn more about the Foundation, and to support it in the years ahead. We are indebted to Seth Gersch, who serves on the 49ers Foundation board, for his generous support in recommending that the Foundation participate in our Concours.