Jay “Sky” Walker was born in Los Angeles, California on January 24th, 1972. He was drafted out of University High School to be a pitcher for the California Angels organization’s minor league team. Eventually, Jay realized that his passion was football, and was recruited to play for the Howard University Bison.
As a quarterback, Jay led the Howard Bison to their only playoff berth in the school’s history and an 11-0 season in 1994. He was named I-AA football player of the year by Sports Illustrated in ’94, placed in the Howard University Athletics Hall of Fame in ‘05, and placed in the MEAC Hall of Fame in ‘17. He continued his football professionally for four seasons in the NFL: two years with the New England Patriots in ’94 and two years with the Minnesota Vikings in ’96 and ‘97.
True to his Political Science degree from Howard University, Jay has been a member of the House of Delegates since January 10, 2007. He is a member of the Economic Matters Committee. He was the Vice-Chair of Ways and Means Committee from 2018 - 2019, Treasurer of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland from 2010-2012 and the Vice-Chair of Rules and Executive Nominations Committee from 2012 – 2018.
He is also an involved member of his district, with membership on Prince George’s County Central Committee from 2002-2006; Board of Directors of Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation; Prince George’s Black Chamber of Commerce; Tantallon North Area Civic Association; and the Coalition of Concerned Black Christian Men. He is formerly the President of Walker Financial Services, in Oxon Hill, MD. In addition, Jay is a member of Shelton D. Redden lodge 139, Prince Hall free-masons. Finally, he founded the Prince George’s County, Maryland-based Sky Walker Flight School Football Camp in 1999-2013, as a free life skills camp to young men.
Jay has worked for BET Sports, ESPNU, NFL Network, and as the Host of the Black Family Channel’s weekly Sports Desk. While the accolades have been rewarding, Jay has always remained humble in the fact that “it’s always better to give than receive.”
Jay Walker lives in Fort Washington, MD with his wife Monique Anderson Walker, their three children, and their dog Squiggles.