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Walter Watkins

Criminal Justice


Watkins is pursuing a degree in criminal justice at Livingstone. He helped the Blue Bears win an All-CIAA Academic Highest GPA Award during the the 2019-20 season.

He demonstrates his dedication by managing a hectic schedule with his academics, football, and a commitment to his fraternity, Omega Psi Phi.


Watkins operates under the tenets of his fraternity: manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplifting others.

He exhibits character on and off the field of play. Through winning or losing, Watkins demonstrates good sportsmanship, positive attitude, and support for his teammates to help ensure their success.

In a tragic event during the spring of 2019 where a teammate and friend was caught in a shooting at an event off-campus, Watkins was instrumental in helping to stop the bleeding and getting his friend to a hospital. He is a dependable and loyal teammate and friend and shows integrity in his behavior playing football and in his daily life.


Watkins is entering his fourth year as a member of Livingstone’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has participated in all of the events they have hosted, including the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, weekly Overton Jump Rope Club events, and reading initiatives at both Overton and North Rowan Elementary Schools.

He is also actively involved in his fraternity’s community engagement around the Livingstone community, including feeding the homeless.


Watkins has been a four-year starter for the Blue Bear defense and received All-Freshman CIAA honors in his first year on the team.

He has already amassed 52 tackles this year with two forced fumbles. In his career, Watkins has over 100 tackles with 10 tackles for loss and five career interceptions.

He has been an integral leader for the Blue Bears since his sophomore season and has provided leadership through action for a young team this season. Watkins has helped the Blue Bears defense to the 16th ranking in the nation for defense and 4th ranking in the nation for red zone defense.

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