Erik Walden

Erik Lashawn Walden (born August 21, 1985) is an American football linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Middle Tennessee State and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans. With the Packers, he won Super Bowl XLV in 2010.

Erik Walden
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Walden with the Colts in 2016
Free agent
Personal information
Born:August 21, 1985 (age 33)
Dublin, Georgia
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school:Dublin (Dublin, Georgia)
College:Middle Tennessee State
NFL Draft:2008 / Round: 6 / Pick: 167
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2017
Total tackles:356
Pass deflections:10
Forced fumbles:7
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Walden attended Dublin High School where he practiced football, basketball, and track. In football, he played as a running back and defensive end. In basketball, he received All-state honors as a junior and senior.

He moved on to Middle Tennessee State University and became a four-year starter at defensive end. As a junior, he was an All-Sun Belt Conference selection. Against Central Michigan in the 2006 Motor City Bowl he led his team with six tackles and two quarterback sacks.[1]

Walden was injured most of his senior season, which limited his effectiveness, but was still named All-Sun Belt, after finishing second in conference history in career sacks. He ended his college career after playing in 44 games (34 starts) with 152 tackles (40 for loss), 22.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 passes defensed and one interception. He owns the school's career (22.5) and season (11.5) sack records.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Walden was selected in the sixth round (167th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.[2] He was waived on August 30 during final cuts.

Kansas City Chiefs

A day after being let go by the Cowboys, hoping he would clear waivers and enabling them to sign him to their practice squad, he was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs on August 31, 2008. He played in 9 games, making 10 special teams tackles and was released on November 18.

Miami Dolphins

He was claimed off waivers by the Miami Dolphins on November 20, 2008. He played in 6 games and recorded 5 special teams tackles. The next year, he was inactive for 5 games and finished with 8 special teams tackles. He was waived on September 9, 2010.

Green Bay Packers

Walden was signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers on October 27, 2010, because they were experiencing several injuries on the defensive side. In just his second career start he had a breakout game and was named NFC Defensive Player of the week, after playing against the Chicago Bears, while leading the team with 16 tackles and 2 sacks.[3] He was declared inactive in Super Bowl XLV because of an ankle injury.

In 2011, he became a full-time starter (15 starts) for the first time in his career and posted 86 tackles (50 solo), 3 sacks, 2 passes defensed and a fumble recovery that he returned for his first career touchdown. The next year his starts were reduced to 9 games after the Packers drafted Nick Perry. He finished with 69 tackles (38 solo), 3 sacks, 4 passes defensed and his first 2 career interceptions.

Indianapolis Colts

On March 12, 2013, Walden signed a four year, $16 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts.[4][5] In Week 11 against the Tennessee Titans, he pulled Delanie Walker's helmet off and head-butted him, which resulted in a penalty for unnecessary roughness and a one-game suspension.[6] He finished the season with 15 starts, 58 tackles (33 solo), 3 sacks, 3 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

In 2014, Walden set a then career-high in sacks with 6, while also recording 57 tackles (40 solo) and one forced fumble in 15 games (14 starts). The next year, he started 15 games, posting 3 sacks and one forced fumble. The next year, he started 15 games at outside linebacker, posting 57 tackles (9 for loss), 3 sacks, one forced fumble and 12 quarterback hits.

In 2016, Walden started 16 games at outside linebacker and had a career year, setting a new career-high in sacks with 11, while making 42 tackles (9 for loss), 3 forced fumbles and 17 quarterback hits.

Tennessee Titans

On July 28, 2017, Walden signed with the Tennessee Titans.[7] He was a backup at outside linebacker behind Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan. On September 17, 2017, in Week 2, Walden recovered a Blake Bortles fumble in a 37–16 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.[8] Walden finished the 2017 season with 36 tackles, four sacks, and four tackles for loss. He wasn't re-signed after the season.

Seattle Seahawks

On August 17, 2018, Walden signed with the Seattle Seahawks.[9] He was placed on injured reserve on September 1, 2018, and later released with an injury settlement.[10]

Personal life

Walden has two children with an ex-girlfriend, Erica Palmer.[11] On November 25, 2011, he was arrested for an alleged physical altercation that sent Palmer to the hospital. Police stated they had enough evidence to hold him under felony charges through Monday, as his case could not be processed over the Thanksgiving weekend.[12] Charges were later dropped, and Walden was not suspended by the league.[13]

On March 19, 2015, it was reported that Walden and an unnamed female companion had been attacked by Palmer. She allegedly confronted Walden at his Braselton, Georgia home with a gun and a baseball bat, and while he was able to take the gun from her, Palmer used the bat to break the arm of the unnamed woman. Palmer then fled, but returned to attack Walden, slashing his arm with a knife. Palmer was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, family violence aggravated assault, theft by taking, and first-degree burglary.[11][14]


  1. ^ "Erik Walden Bio". Retrieved April 27, 2008.
  2. ^ "Erik Walden Signed Contract". Archived from the original on August 4, 2008. Retrieved July 23, 2008.
  3. ^ "LB Walden Named NFC Defensive Player of the Week". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  4. ^ Colts sign former Packers OLB Erik Walden
  5. ^ "NFL Free Agency: Best, worst contracts from Week 1" Retrieved 2013-Mar-18.
  6. ^ Hanzus, Dan (November 18, 2013). "Report: Erik Walden suspended a game for head-butt". National Football League. Retrieved November 18, 2013.
  7. ^ Wyatt, Jim (July 28, 2017). "Titans Add LB Walden, G Simonich; Tretola, Ragin Released".
  8. ^ "Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars - September 17th, 2017". Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  9. ^ "Seahawks Sign LB Erik Walden, RB Justin Stockton; Terminate Contract of LB Marcus Smith, Waive CB Elijah Battle". August 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Seahawks Set 53-Man Roster". September 1, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Florio, Mike. "Erik Walden allegedly slashed by ex-girlfriend". March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  12. ^ "Reports: Packers' Erik Walden jailed". November 26, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  13. ^ "Packers re-sign LB Walden". March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  14. ^ "Colts' Erik Walden, girlfriend allegedly attacked in Georgia by his ex". March 19, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.

External links

2008 Dallas Cowboys season

The 2008 Dallas Cowboys season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League. The season ended when the Cowboys were blown out by the Philadelphia Eagles 44–6 in week 17, their worst loss since the 1985 Chicago Bears came to Texas Stadium and beat the Cowboys 44–0. It was the last season the Cowboys played at Texas Stadium; they moved to Cowboys Stadium in 2009. Despite entering the last month of the season four games above .500, they failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2005, losing three of their last four games and finishing with a 9–7 record.

2009 Miami Dolphins season

The 2009 Miami Dolphins season was the franchise's 40th season in the National Football League, the 44th overall and the second under head coach Tony Sparano. The Dolphins entered the 2009 season as the reigning AFC East champions after posting an 11–5 record in 2008. Dropping by four more games, the Dolphins failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007, marking the 25th consecutive year that the region hosting the Super Bowl did not see its host team play in, thus it set off a playoff drought that lasted unitl 2016. (not counting years where Super Bowls have been played on neutral sites).

2010 Green Bay Packers season

The 2010 Green Bay Packers season was the 92nd season overall and their 90th season in the National Football League. Although they finished with only a respectable 10–6 record, good for a second-place finish in the NFC North, the Packers never lost a game by more than four points, and never trailed by more than seven the entire season, becoming the only team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to accomplish this. All six of their regular season losses were by a combined 20 points. They entered the playoffs as the NFC's sixth seed. After defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 21–16 in the Wild Card round, the Atlanta Falcons 48–21 in the Divisional round and long time rivals, Chicago Bears 21–14 in the NFC Championship, the team advanced to Super Bowl XLV in which they faced the AFC's 2nd seed Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers defeated the Steelers 31–25 to win their fourth Super Bowl and 13th NFL championship. The Packers became the second overall team after the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers, and the first NFC team, to win the Super Bowl as a sixth seed, as well as becoming the second NFC team to win three straight road playoff games (the 2007 New York Giants won three straight road games as a five seed).

The Packers offense ranked ninth in yards per game, tenth in total points, & fifth in passing yards. The defense ranked fifth in yards allowed and finished second in fewest points allowed (240, second best in team history), sacks (47), and interceptions (24), while also limiting quarterbacks to a 67.2 passer rating, first in the league.

2012 Green Bay Packers season

The 2012 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 94th season overall and their 92nd in the National Football League, and the seventh under head coach Mike McCarthy. The Packers won the NFC North division title for the second year in a row with an 11–5 record. The Packers lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the eventual NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers by the score of 45-31, finishing with a postseason record of 1-1.

The Packers offense finished the season fifth in points and eleventh in yards per game. The defense finished eleventh in points allowed and twenty-second in yards allowed per game.

2013 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2013 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 61st season in the National Football League, the 30th in Indianapolis and the second season under head coach Chuck Pagano, who missed most of the 2012 season due to treatment for leukemia. The Colts matched their 2012 record of 11–5, and went undefeated within the division during the season. The Colts hoped to advance further than the Wild Card round in the playoffs than in 2012, where they lost to the Ravens. They did so after falling behind by 28 points against the Chiefs, but came back and won 45–44. However, the Colts were defeated by the New England Patriots in the Divisional round, by a score of 43–22.

On March 7, 2013, Jeff Saturday signed a one-day contract in order to retire as a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

For the second consecutive season, the Colts held the final pick in the NFL Draft, number 254, which is famously known as Mr. Irrelevant. In 2012, the final player selected was Chandler Harnish. The 2013 season's Mr. Irrelevant was Justice Cunningham.

Throughout the season, the Colts wore a patch to recognize the 30th season since their move to Indianapolis.

On October 20, 2013, Peyton Manning made his first return to Indianapolis since being released by the Indianapolis Colts and signed by the Denver Broncos, a game in which commentator Al Michaels dubbed "the War of 1812" (referring to Peyton Manning's number of 18 and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck's number of 12). The Colts won the game 39-33.

While losing their Week 14 match-up against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Colts overall record as well as a 4–0 record within the division was enough to earn them their 15th division title after the Denver Broncos defeated the Tennessee Titans. The Colts became the first team of the 2013 season to win their division, securing a home playoff game.With the Titans' loss to the Cardinals in Week 15, the Colts were the only AFC South team to make the playoffs.

In the AFC Wild Card Game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Colts rallied to turn a 38–10 Chiefs' lead into a 45–44 victory for the second largest comeback in NFL playoff history. It is behind only the Bills who rallied from a 32-point deficit in the 1993 AFC Wild Card Game.

2016 Indianapolis Colts season

The 2016 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 64th season in the National Football League and the 33rd in Indianapolis. The Colts matched their 8-8 record from 2015, however they would miss the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1997–1998. This season would also see the Colts get swept by the Houston Texans for the first time in franchise history. As a result, the Colts fired general manager Ryan Grigson after five seasons with the team. However head coach Chuck Pagano would return next year.

Dublin, Georgia

Dublin is a city in Laurens County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 16,201. The city is the county seat of Laurens County.

Dublin High School (Georgia)

Dublin High School is a public high school in Dublin, Georgia, United States. The school is part of the Dublin City School District, which serves the city of Dublin in Laurens County.

Jason Ferguson

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List of Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders in the NFL Draft

This is a list of Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders football players in the NFL Draft.

List of Middle Tennessee State University people

This is a list of notable alumni and distinguished faculty at Middle Tennessee State University.

List of people from Georgia (U.S. state)

This is a list of notable people born in, or notable for their association with, Georgia.

Marcus Smith II

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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football statistical leaders

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Blue Raiders represent Middle Tennessee State University in the NCAA's Conference USA.

Although Middle Tennessee began competing in intercollegiate football in 1911, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1949. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1949, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Blue Raiders have played in seven bowl games since then, and will play an eighth in 2018, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

In addition, the Blue Raiders played in the 2018 C-USA Championship Game, providing yet another game for players in that season.These lists are updated through the 2018 C-USA Championship Game.

Nick Perry (American football)

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Patrick Breen

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Robert Rose (gridiron football)

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Ted Thompson

Ted Thompson (born January 17, 1953) is an American football executive for the Green Bay Packers and former player. He was the general manager of the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) from 2005 to 2017. He was named to the post on January 14, 2005, by former Packers president and CEO Bob Harlan. Thompson took over the general manager duties from Mike Sherman, who had been serving as both head coach and general manager. Prior to becoming the Packers' general manager, Thompson served with the Seattle Seahawks as their vice president of operations from 2000 to 2004. Thompson had previously worked for the Packers organization from 1992 to 1999, serving as their assistant director of pro personnel in 1992, their director of pro personnel from 1993 to 1997, and their director of player personnel from 1997 to 1999. Thompson also had a 10-year playing career in the NFL as a linebacker and special teams player with the Houston Oilers from 1975 to 1984.

Walden (name)

Walden is a surname and a given name.

People with the surname include:

A.T. Walden (1885-1965), black American lawyer

Aaron Walden (1835–1912), Polish Jewish Talmudist, editor, and author

Brothers Alan (b. 1943) and Phil Walden (1940–2006), American music producers and managers, founders of Capricorn Records

Alexander Walden (d. 1401), English MP

Arthur Treadwell Walden (1871–1947), American polar adventurer and dog driver

Ashley Walden (b. 1981 as Ashley Hayden), American luger

Ben Walden (b. 1969), English actor

Bengt Walden (b. 1973), Swedish-American luger

Brian Walden (b. 1932), British journalist and broadcaster

Bruno Walden (1911–1946), German Waffen-SS officer

Celia Walden (b. 1975), British journalist, novelist and critic

Chris Walden (b. 1966), German composer, arranger and conductor living in the U.S

Christian de Walden (b. 1946), record producer, composer, arranger and songwriter of Italian origin

Ebenezer Walden (1777–1857), American politician—Buffalo, New York

Edwin Walden (1818-1889), American politician in Massachusetts

Erik Walden (b. 1985), American football linebacker

Frederick (Fanny) Walden (1888-1949) an English footballer, cricketer and cricket Test Match umpire

Fred Walden (1890-1955), American baseball catcher

Garth Walden (b. 1981), Australian race driver

George Walden (b. 1939), British diplomat and politician

Greg Walden (b. 1957), a United States politician

Harold Walden (1887–1955), English Olympic amateur football player

Harry Walden (b. 1940), English professional footballer

Harvey Walden IV (b. 1966), United States Marine, drill instructor and television celebrity

Herwarth Walden (1878–1941), a German art critic

Hiram Walden (1800–1880), American politician, United States Representative from New York

James "Jim" Walden (b. 1966), American lawyer and former federal prosecutor

Jim "Jimmy" Walden (b. 1938), American football player and coach

John Walden (disambiguation)

John Morgan Walden (1831–1914), a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Jordan Walden (b. 1987), American baseball pitcher

Lionel Walden (1861–1933), American painter

Louise Walden (b. 1983), British ice dancer

Madison Miner Walden (1836-1891), American Civil War officer, teacher, publisher and farmer

Mal Walden (b. 1945), Australian journalist and television news presenter

Mark Walden (b. 1972), British writer

Myron Walden (b. 1973), American jazz saxophonist and bass clarinettist

Narada Michael Walden (b. 1952), American musician and producer

Patrick Walden (b. 1978), a former guitarist of Babyshambles

Paul Walden (1863–1957), a Riga-born German chemist

R.B. Walden (1901–1966), Louisiana politician

Richard Walden (d. 2009), English professional footballer

Ricky Walden (b. 1982), English snooker professional

Robert Walden (disambiguation)

Roger Walden (d. 1406), an English treasurer and church figure

Ron Walden (1907–1985), Australian rugby union player

Rudolf Walden (1878–1946), a Finnish independence man, industrialist and a general, Minister of War during World War II

Stefan de Walden (1896-1976), Polish military commander and engineer

Susan Walden, American actress

Tsvia Walden (צביה ולדן; b. 1946), Israeli psycholinguist and academic

William Walden (disambiguation)

W. Elliott Walden (1963), American horse trainer and racing executive

Arthur Hay, 9th Marquess of Tweeddale (Viscount Walden, 1824–1878), a Scottish soldier and ornithologistPeople with the given name include:

Walden L. Ainsworth (1886–1960), admiral of the United States Navy

Walden Bello (b. 1945), Filipino author, academic and political analyst

Bobby Darin (b. Walden Robert Cassotto) (1936–1973), American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor

Walden Erickson (1902–1968), American professional football player

Walden Martin (1891–1966), American Olympic road racing cyclist

Walden O'Dell, American financial executive

Walden Alexis Vargas (b. 1984), Colombian football playerFictional characters include:

Walden Belfiore, fictional character from the HBO series The Sopranos, played by Frank John Hughes

Walden Schmidt, fictional character in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, portrayed by Ashton Kutcher

Walden, character on the kids' TV series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!

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