Johnson City Student Wins $100K Scholarship After Making Big Play (With Photos)

By Matt Porter

December 4, 2012 Updated Nov 23, 2013 at 2:09 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Most people can toss the football around.

But few have turned a 15-yard toss into major money.

But Johnson City's Brad Walker did just that last Saturday in Indianapolis.

Walker threw for three weeks before the game, often with neighborhood kids helping him out.

"I'd have 15 in the first one I'd be throwing in. I'd throw them through the hole," said Walker, "The kids would gather the balls and put them in the next bucket and I'd keep throwing in them."

The 2012 Johnson City High School alum had to hit a two foot hole in front of the 70,000 screaming fans inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

"I tried to stay calm through the whole thing," Walker said, "And try to stay focused on what I'm about to be doing."

Never having been to a college football game before, he was overwhelmed by the end.

"I was just so happy, nothing like this has ever happened to me before," he said.

His throwing partner and Dad, Chris Hall, knew his son was ready.

"I would honestly say he did everything he could do to get every ounce of benefit to win it," said Hall.

Now, with $100,000 in the bank, Walker can add college to his playbook.

"That I can, you know, get the education I've always wanted without having to worry much," said Walker.

And for his next play, Walker said he hopes he can use a business degree to help his hometown.

"I really just want to stay here and help everybody out," he said, "And rebuild our community."

Walker will start classes this January at Broome Community College. He plans to apply to a four year school as early as next fall.