Pierre Vercheval was interviewed by CFLman and this is what he had to say about Mike Walker (Translated)
Since I am a linesman, I would choose DT Mike Walker of the Tiger Cats. I had to play him during my first 4 seasons. He was an animal ! He mastered all the techniques, he had it all. Strenght, Power, Read plays, super intimidating, grinning with that gold tooth shining through that black visor. By far the best defensive linesman I ever played.
Mike Walker was terrific. Not to take anything away from him, but John Barrow was much better than Mosca or Walker. He was probably the best DT in CFL history. 16 All-Star selections in 14 seasons sums up his career. I’d take either Walker or Mosca alongside him.
How does that math work? Do you mean combining league all-star and division all-star selections? I'm not sure if you have to be a division all-star to be selected league all-star. But that's the only way I could figure that would work. Maybe you meant 14 all-star selections in 16 seasons. I never saw him play, so I don't know.
I`ll say this about Mike Walker he was one of the nicest if not the nicest player to talk to I ever met and yes he was also a great great player . Praise from a great player like Vercheval shows you that he was respected throughout the CFL.
We had a similar discussion here recently re Montford and Covington. Mike Walker was a tremendous defensive tackle whose collaboration particularly with Covington made both players better over a long period of time. I agree with the assessment made re John Barrow. The record of all-star nominations and championships he enjoyed speaks for itself. Barrow and Henley are just that step above in terms of overall honours. We often forget just how fortunate our fanbase has been in seeing all these outstanding players, even if the team's record over the last generation has often been difficult to swallow at times.
The sticking point for me right now in these best-ever discussions is that Earl Winfield is still not enshrined in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, but I digress.