In just two short days former Eastern Illinois football player Pierre Walters will become the latest Panther to don a uniform in the National Football League. Walters was one of 53-players to be named to the Kansas City Chiefs active roster and he will suit up against the Baltimore Ravens in his debut this Sunday at Noon (Central) on CBS.
While Walters road to the NFL stage has been a long battle throughout the summer he becomes the fifth Eastern Illinois athelte from last year's class to begin his professional career. Walters was undrafted in the April NFL draft and signed as a free agent. He was the first of five former Panthers to either sign or be drafted during the summer.
The Major League Baseball draft saw three Panthers be selected including Tyler Kehrer as a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds of the draft. Brett Nommensen and Jordan Kreke would follow in later rounds. All three have been off to productive minor league careers.
Rachel Galligan, EIU's career women's basketball scoring leader, was the final player to sign a professional contract inking with a team in the Spanish Pro League. Galligan headed overseas to begin her career in mid-August.
Eastern Illinois is proud of all five of these young student-atheltes who have achieved their dream of a professional career and we wish them continued success.
Links to each team's professional website are included.
Pierre Walters - Kansas City Chiefs
Tyler Kehrer - Orem Owlz
Brett Nommensen - Hudson Valley Renegades
Jordan Kreke - Danville Braves
Rachel Galligan - Spanish Women's Basketball League