Receiver Javon Walker, taken 20th overall by Green Bay, returned to Tallahassee Wednesday and worked out the Seminoles Thursday afternoon. The slender Walker participated in wind sprints on the practice field under 100-degree temperatures.
"I've been up in Green Bay the entire time, but I decided to come back and get in this Florida heat and work out with the guys," Walker said. "Nobody trains like Florida State does. When I get back up there (Green Bay), your in the midst of everything, ready to go. It's about being in shape."
Walker, the Seminoles' leading receiver last season, is expected to be in good financial shape in the near future. The Packers have been awarded $2.527 million by the NFL Management Council to sign their six draft selections. The $2.527 million is included within the team's salary cap of $71.101 million for the 2002 season. Green Bay will open its 2002 training camp on July 24 when rookies and selected veterans begin practicing. Full-team workouts begin on July 27.
Walker says returning to FSU will help put the final touches on his preparation for camp.
"That's why I like to come here -- when I go back I feel like I am a step ahead," Walker said. "I will do two to three more sprints, work out that much longer. That's the emphasis here, to make sure you are in shape. You should want to come in and do the work on your own. It would be a bad reflection on myself if I didn't report to camp in shape. You are not doing what it takes to be a pro."
Walker, who had 45 catches for 944 yards (21.0 average) during the regular season, says that approach is also useful on the collegiate level. Walker says he has been impressed with the Seminoles' intensity and determination.
"It was funny, but the day after the draft they were make a big deal about how many Miami players were taken," Walker said. "But I told everyone to keep an eye on Florida State. They are going to be something this season. We didn't have the seas we wanted to last year, but they have everybody coming back, so it's really going to be something to see."
Like Butler, who helped lead the Packers to Super Bowls after the 1996 and 1997 seasons and invented the "Lambeau Leap,'' the jump into the stands after touchdowns, Walker wants to make a good impression in the NFL.
"I am excited," Walker said. "It's going to be a challenge, but it's one I am looking forward to."