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David Walker is in his first season as running backs coach for the Bears in 2022.
Walker joins the Bears with 25 years of coaching experience, including seven seasons in the NFL. His most recent stop was in Detroit, where he served as the Lions running backs coach for three seasons (2016-18). In 2018, Walker oversaw the only rushing unit in the NFL to feature three different running backs that each finished the season with at least 250 yards and three touchdowns on the ground (Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount and Zach Zenner).
Detroit's 2017 season saw RBs Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah continue as a dual-threat backfield package. Riddick finished the season with 53 receptions for 444 yards and two touchdowns, marking the third-consecutive season he has totaled 50 or more receptions in a season (80 in 2015, 53 in 2016). Abdullah totaled a career-high four rushing touchdowns in 2017, finishing the season with 552 yards on 165 carries.
In 2016, Walker displayed his ability to cultivate talent and develop different styles of players in his first season with the Lions. On top of Abdullah and Riddick, the 2016 season allowed RB Zach Zenner and 2016 seventh-round draft selection RB Dwayne Washington to earn valuable reps in the backfield.
With Walker's guidance, Detroit saw three running backs reach the end zone in their 2016 Week 1 victory vs. Indianapolis, with scores from Riddick, Abdullah and Washington. In the matchup, Abdullah collected 120 yards from scrimmage (63 rush, 57 receiving) and Riddick garnered 108 total yards (45 rush, 63 receiving), marking the first time since Nov. 28, 2013 (vs. GB: Reggie Bush, 182; Joique Bell, 128) that the Lions had two running backs total over 100 yards from scrimmage in a game.
Prior to Walker's time in Detroit, he served as the offensive coordinator at Carmel High School in Indiana for one season (2015).
Walker began his NFL career in 2011, when he joined the Indianapolis Colts' staff as the running backs coach for four seasons (2011-14). In his last season with the Colts, Walker helped RB Donald Brown lead the team with 537 rushing yards, a career-high six touchdowns and a 5.3 rushing average, the highest average by a Colts player since 1961.
In 2012, Walker's group averaged 27.5 rushing attempts and 104.4 rushing yards per game that season, the most for the team since 2007.
Prior to his time in Indianapolis, Walker spent six seasons at the University of Pittsburgh as the team's running backs coach (2004-10). While with the Panthers, Walker helped RB Dion Lewis and RB Ray Graham combine for more than 1,900 rushing yards in 2010. From 2007-08, he also worked with RB LeSean McCoy as he earned Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2008.
Walker's coaching career began at Carol City High School in Miami, Fla., where he worked as an assistant coach for the 1994 season before moving back to his alma mater, Syracuse, becoming the school's running backs coach, a position he held from 1995-2003.
Walker played football for Syracuse University where he excelled at running back. He finished his collegiate career with 2,643 rushing yards, which marked the fourth best total in school history when he graduated.
Walker was born in Rochester, N.Y. He and his wife, Marilin, have two sons, Jalen and Jordan.