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wayne walker, ex-detroit lions star, tv broadcaster, dies

wayne walker, a star linebacker for the detroit lions who became arguably the bay area’s most popular sportscaster for two decades, died in his hometown of boise, idaho on friday. he was 80.walker had been suffering from parkinson’s disease since 2010, and his death is being attributed to complications from the disease, according to the san francisco chronicle.after playing 15 seasons in the nfl for the lions, where he was a three-time pro bowl player, walker became the sports director for kpix-tv (cbs) in san francisco in 1974. walker also was a color analyst for nfl games on cbs and was a longtime 49ers radio analyst (from 1979-81 and ’87-97).his wildly popular television segments featured sports challenges such as walker racing a san francisco cable or other competitions involving athletes.“i don’t know that you could really properly explain to people who were not there how big of a deal wayne was as a sports personality in the bay area,” ktvu sports anchor joe fonzi told the chronicle’s steve kroner, who first reported walker’s death. “there was a point where wayne was pretty much the voice of record when it came to bay area sports.”walker is survived by his wife, sylvia, and his three children, sons steve and doug, daughter kathy and eight grandchildren.