Q&A with Broncos rookie outside linebacker DeMarcus Walker

When Shelby Harris blocked the would-be tying field-goal attempt of Chargers kicker Younghoe Koo at the end of regulation in the Broncos’ season-opening victory, the play was a trip down memory lane for Denver outside linebacker DeMarcus Walker.

The Broncos rookie authored one of the most memorable plays in the history of the heated Florida State-Miami rivalry. It came last season, when he blocked Miami’s point-after attempt at the end of the game, preserving a 20-19 win in regulation for the Seminoles at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium. The play became known as “The Block at the Rock.”

The Denver Post spoke to Walker this week about the legacy of that play, his relationship with Nuggets guard Malik Beasley, preparing for Denver winters and more.

Q: When Shelby Harris had that blocked field goal against the Chargers, did it bring back memories of your blocked extra point to beat Miami during your senior year at Florida State?

A: Most definitely, it really did. I was so happy for him because it was a great play and I know how that feels. I wish it was me, but it was even better to have my first NFL game as a W.

Q: Do you still hear from people about that play?

A: All the time, all the time. That’s going to live forever.

Q: Where did that play stack up in your college career?

A: That’s probably in the top three moments.

Q: Was one of those moments getting tweeted at by Kobe Bryant last season?

A: (Laughs) Nah. That was great, but winning the national championship (as a freshman in 2013), that block or having 4½ sacks (in a game against Ole Miss last season), those were probably my top three moments.

Q: Kobe tweeted you because you mentioned his “Mamba Mentality” after having those 4½ sacks. Is he a guy you’ve always looked up to?

A: Most definitely. You know that when tough moments get there, he takes over. That’s the type of player I want to be on this level. So I’m just staying patient, but hungry also, and trying to get better every single day and just waiting for my moment.