Nov. 3, 1990 – The Kenny Walker clap
It’s now 300 and counting, the sellout streak at Memorial Stadium.
The Sea of Red is the best and most faithful fan base in all of American sports. Good times, bad times, big wins, tough losses – they’ve always been there through heat, rain, snow and sleet.
They’re a knowledgeable, caring lot who love football – and the guys in red playing it. Rarely has that been on display as well it was in 1990, when Memorial Stadium developed a special bond with NU defensive end Kenny Walker.
Walker was deaf after a bout with meningitis as a child.
He was also a great pass rusher, one of the best in Husker history. By using a sign language specialist stationed on the Huskers’ sidelines, Walker was able to understand defensive calls and execute them at a high level.
As he rose up the depth chart, more and more Husker fans became aware of his story. They started to give him his own clap, where they rose to their feet and waved their arms back and forth as applause.
The most poignant, powerful display of this admiration came in Walker’s last home appearance, the 1990 Colorado game. Entering the stadium to be introduced as a senior, Walker was meant by 76,000 fans on their feet, waving their hands as wildly as they could to honor No. 57.
Walker signed back “I love you.”