15 Star Athletes Who Had to Walk On to Their College Teams

These pro athletes are stars now, but they had to work their way to the top.

Johnny Hekker

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Johnny Hekker

Johnny Hekker wanted to be a college quarterback.

He was a good QB in high school, leading Bothell High (Bothell, Washington) all the way to the state championship his senior year.

But when Oregon State came calling, they wanted him to play a different position—punter.

And they wanted him to join the team as a preferred walk-on, with the promise of a scholarship should he ever become the starter.

Hekker had always dreamt of playing in the Pac-10 (now the Pac-12), so he went for it.

It took him some time to master the technique, but Hekker eventually became an excellent college punter.

Since the Los Angeles Rams signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2012, he's only gotten better.

Hekker is now a four-time first-team All-Pro at the position.

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