Terrell Walden has a busy schedule. He is a full-time student, football player, track star-and father.
Walden, who is from the projects of Liberty City in Miami, ran the 60 meters and set the Big East Indoor Championship and Carrier Dome record in February.
Change is nothing new for Walden. Recently, he switched from cornerback to wide receiver on the football team. He puts more time on the practice field but the challenge keeps him motivated.
Walden wants to set a positive example.
“As a kid, I used to play sports year around at GC Park,” Walden said. “I need track for football and visa versa. I love both sports equally.”
Yet, Walden still dreams of playing on Sundays.
“I want to play in the NFL,” he said. “I plan on improving and taking my game to the next level.”
Walden is a junior, so his chance to be selected in the 2006 NFL draft is about a year away. Walden was red shirted for the 2003 football season. During the 2004 season, Walden was sidelined by a torn ACL on his right knee. He must stay healthy to display his talent.
On the track, Walden has excelled in both the 100-meter and 60-meter races.
During the Hurricane Invitational in March, Walden placed 12th out of 29 runners in the 100-meter dash. On Feb. 18, at the ACC Indoor Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C., Walden placed 19th out of 37 in the 60-meter dash.
Walden cherishes time spent toddler son, Terrell Jr. He has garnered respect from his neighborhood peers because of his success.
“I want to show the kids that you can do positive things,” he said.
Being a student-athlete means having to juggle responsibilities of athletics and academics.
“I start assignments ASAP,” he said. “Good time management is critical to success.”
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