Stephen F. Austin’s Marlon Walls Plays Football & Works on Space Probes For NASA (VIDEO)


If you’re a current student-athlete and thought you had a hectic schedule, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

CBS 19 regularly does profiles on athletes who are going pro in something other than sports and this week they profiled Marlon Walls.

The Stephen F. Austin student plays safety for the football team in Nacogdoches, Texas, and he’s also an engineering student with a 4.0 average. 

“It’s just all about time management. Everyone gets the same 24 hours in a day.

“Growing up, I always knew I had an interest in math. In the 3rd grade, I was always the fastest guy in the class at multiplication tables.”

“My main goal is to be able to defy the odds and not be the stereotype that everyone makes football players to be,” Walls explained.”

“Marlon’s days are long and strenuous. They begin around 6:00 AM as he eats breakfast and prepares for his first class. After a full day of classes, he heads to the football field for several hours of practice and film study. After practice concludes, he studies until roughly midnight, and wakes up the following day to do it all over again.

His hard work has paid off and he recently accepted a summer internship at Johns Hopkins University, where he’ll work on a space probe called the Europa propulsion module.”

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