Johnny Walker was born at Huntsville Hospital in 1960, played basketball and football for coach Ben Berry at Huntsville Middle School and then went on to Lee High, where he played football for coach John Childress, basketball for coach Jerry Dugan, and baseball for coach John Dudley from 1976-79. He initially signed with North Alabama to play baseball and football but opted instead to sign with Chipola Junior College for baseball. He signed with Alabama in 1982 but missed the season due to an injury and transferred to Troy State University, where he played two years for famed coach Chase Riddle. Walker was named the MVP in the 1984 NCAA regional on a team that finished third in the nation in the Division II National Tournament in Los Angeles. He later coached high school baseball in Clearwater, Fla., and is now retired.