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Appreciation for a hometown hero

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Americus- On Saturday there was big applause for a hometown hero. He's a hero who's parents are too proud for words.

"Yes we are. We're really proud," says Robert and Deborah Mason. They're proud of his accomplishments at this point but one recent accomplishment stands out.

"This past season to have the opportunity to help Valdosta State win a national championship, it was a dream come true," says Fabian Walker. He helped to lead the school to their first NCAA Division II National Championship, a big win with Walker as their quarterback.

"His future is very bright. His best football is ahead of him," says sports agent Tommy Sims. Behind him is the support of his family, friends and the local community. "They all want Fabian's signature, I wanna be like Fabian. I want Fabian's number," says his mother. The lucky number seven, a number that doesn't equal the number of years of hard work. Walker never gave up.

"I always had the competitive nature. I just always wanted to be around some kind of ball," says Walker.

In the end it's all paid off and it's hard work that he's being rewarded for today by his hometown. "I'm enjoying the moment. My facial expressions might not be showing but I'm really calm about it and I'm excited about it at the same time," says Walker.

He's excited about being a winner both on and off the field.

Walker is currently weighing his options and trying out for different teams. One possible team could be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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