Student-Athlete Spotlight

Jyron Walker, C'19 - Football

1. Name: Jyron Walker

2. Class Year: 2019

3. Sport: Football

4. Position: Cornerback

5. Why did you choose Penn?
When I was looking at all of the Ivy League schools, I knew I wanted to live in a big city, and I wanted to play for a program that had a tradition of winning. Academically, they are obviously all great, but with Penn having the Wharton School, it could not have matched any better with my aspirations for a business career after school. After coming on my official visit and meeting my coaches and teammates, it was a no-brainer.

6. What does being a Penn Football student-athlete mean to you?
It has definitely been an unforgettable and rewarding experience so far. I’ve been able to gain a world class education, as well as compete for Ivy League Championships each year at a high level. The most important thing is that I’ve also been able to make connections and form relationships with people that will last forever. My teammates that I’ve played with have become friends that I will have the rest of my life.

7. What would you say to the donors who invest in your experience as a Penn Football student-athlete?
I would just like to say thank you for all the support they give us emotionally, physically, and obviously financially. Thank you for providing your resources and funds to ensure that we have everything we need to be successful week in and week out. Having such a large network of past football players, who care about our success just as much we do, is huge.

8. What has been your favorite moment/memory as a member of the Penn Football team?
My favorite memory as a Penn Football player would have to be my freshman year beating Harvard, pretty much securing the Ivy League Championship. It was very special for two reasons. The first is that we snapped Harvard’s 22-game win streak. The second was that our team was coming off of a 2-8 season the year before, and we started that year slow as well. We then went on a 6-game win streak to close out the season and win the championship.

9. What does life after Penn look like?
I am unsure what life will look like after Penn at the moment, but after working at Goldman Sachs this past summer 2017, I have secured another internship in Wealth Management there for next summer 2018. Hopefully I can turn that into a full time offer the following summer after I graduate in May 2019.

10. What are some lessons that you have learned through athletics at Penn that will stay with you after graduation?
There are many things that I will be able to carry with me after graduation, but two of the most important things are accountability, and the ability to collaborate with others to successfully finish one task. Holding each other accountable is one of the main aspects of our team that has allowed us to be successful, and football is the ultimate team sport, so being able to work well in a team setting will definitely help me in my career and in life.