Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker

Herschel Junior Walker is a former college
and professional football player and a former professional mixed martial artist. He played
college football for the University of Georgia, earned consensus All-American honors three
times and won the 1982 Heisman Trophy. Walker began his professional football career with
the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League, before joining the Dallas
Cowboys of the National Football League. In the NFL, he also played for the Minnesota
Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. He was inducted into the College Football
Hall of Fame in 1999. Early years
Walker was born in Wrightsville, Georgia to parents Willis and Christine Walker. He was
one of seven children in his blue collar family. Walker said that as a child he was overweight
and had a speech impediment. Walker’s mother taught him not to use these problems as excuses
in life. High school career
Walker attended Johnson County High School in Wrightsville, where he played for the Johnson
County Trojans high school football team from 1976 to 1979. In his senior year, he rushed
for 3,167 yards, helping the Trojans to win their first state championship. He was awarded
the first Dial Award as 1979 national high school scholar-athlete of the year.
College career Walker played running back for the University
of Georgia, where he was a three-time All-American and winner of the 1982 Heisman Trophy and
Maxwell Award. He is the only player in NCAA history to finish in the top three in Heisman
voting in all three of his collegiate seasons. He is the only NCAA player who played only
three years to finish in the top ten in rushing yards. During his freshman season in 1980,
Walker set the NCAA freshman rushing record and finished third in Heisman voting. Walker
was the first “true freshman” to become a first-team All-American.
He played a major role in helping Georgia avoid defeat that year and win the de facto
national championship with a victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. He won the Heisman
as a junior. In 1999, Walker was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and is considered
one of college football’s greatest players. Recap
1980 Herschel Walker, the most sought after high
school football player in the nation at the time, signed a national letter of intent to
play for the University of Georgia Bulldogs on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1980. Mike Cavan,
Walker’s recruiter, had helped provide head coach Vince Dooley with his prized recruit.
The season began with sophomore Carnie Norris starting ahead of Walker at tailback as the
Bulldogs faced the University of Tennessee on September 6, 1980 in Knoxville. With Tennessee
gaining a 9-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter, coach Dooley told his offensive coordinator,
“I’m putting Herschel in.” Tennessee held a 15-2 advantage late in the third quarter
when Walker changed the momentum of the game. The 6-1, 218-pound true freshman scored on
a pitch sweep from 16 yards out where he ran over Tennessee’s safety, Bill Bates, near
the goal line with 1:03 left in the 3rd quarter. Walker scored again five minutes later off
a 9-yard touchdown run as Georgia went on to win the game, 16-15.
A week later, Georgia traveled to face Texas A&M as the Bulldogs got off to a 28-0 lead
by halftime. With four minutes left in the third quarter, Walker broke off on a 76-yard
TD run. He finished with 21 carries for 145 yards and 3 TDs against the Aggies. Teammate
Buck Belue complimented Walker’s ground game by going 6 of 13 for 147 passing yards during
the contest. In the games that followed, Georgia raced
to a 6-0 start by knocking off Clemson, TCU, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt. In the Vandy game,
which was played on October 18, Walker had 23 rushes for a career-high 283 yards and
scored on long touchdown runs of 60, 48, and 53 yards during the contest. In the games
prior to that, Walker ran for 121 yards against Clemson and 69 more versus TCU—which featured
a 41-yard run against the Horned Frogs. Georgia’s 20-16 win over Clemson was even closer than
the score indicated as the Tigers held Georgia to just 155 total yards of offense which was
just 34 more than Walker’s rush total on that fateful day on September 20. Walker needed
help from senior CB/PR Scott Woerner to get past defensive-minded Clemson as the return
man delivered with a 67-yard punt return for a score early in the first quarter as the
Bulldogs would go on to win – barely. The special teams and defense gave Georgia
the upperhand in the two weekends that followed as the Bulldogs got past Kentucky and South
Carolina. The victory in Athens, Georgia over the Gamecocks on November 1 featured Walker
matching up with the 1980 Heisman Trophy winner, George Rogers. Georgia got out to a 13-0 lead
early in the third quarter and held on to win by 3 points. Walker’s 76-yard touchdown
run gave Georgia a commanding lead at 10-0 with 14:14 left in the 3rd quarter. Walker
rushed 43 times for 219 yards while Rogers similarly kept pace, gaining 168 yards on
35 carries himself. Georgia had made it to 8-0 when coach Dooley’s
Bulldogs faced the most daunting task of the year. The game would be affectionately referred
to as the “Miracle on Duval Street” as second-ranked Georgia faced a 6-1 Florida Gators team in
Jacksonville, Fla. on November 8, 1980. Walker starting things off by taking a toss sweep
play to the right for 72 yards and a score early in the first quarter. Georgia led 14-10
at the half and extended its lead to 20-10 with 3:09 left in the 3rd quarter when Florida
mounted its comeback. Florida’s QB Wayne Peace directed two scoring drives that gave the
Gators a 21-20 lead with 6:52 remaining in the contest. With time running out on third-and-11,
QB Buck Belue found WR Lindsay Scott for a 93-yard touchdown pass with 1:03 left to give
Georgia the win, 26-21. Walker carried Georgia’s offense that afternoon by rushing 37 times
for 238 yards against the Gators. Georgia clinched an SEC Championship with
a 6-0 mark in league play on November 15 by taking out Auburn, 31-21, on the road. Walker
did most of the work by rushing 27 times for 84 yards which included an 18-yard TD run
during the third quarter. This gave Georgia a 31-7 lead as the Bulldogs held on to win
the game. Two weeks later, Walker ended the regular season with an exclamation point by
scoring on touchdown runs of 1, 23, and 65 yards as Georgia defeated in-state rival Georgia
Tech, 38-20. Walker rushed 25 times for 205 yards against the Ramblin’ Wreck. Walker’s
Georgia Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 at 11-0-0 as they were invited to play coach Dan Devine’s
Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La. on January 1, 1981.
Walker and the Georgia Bulldogs faced traditional football power Notre Dame in the Louisiana
Superdome on New Year’s Day in the 1981 Sugar Bowl. The Fighting Irish grabbed an early
3-0 lead in the 1st quarter after Harry Oliver nailed a 50-yard field goal. Georgia answered
as its kicker, Rex Robinson, hit a 46 yarder with 1:45 left in the first quarter to tie
the score at 3-3. Quickly, Walker took center stage after Notre Dame failed to properly
field and return a kickoff. Two plays later, Walker dived over the top for a 1-yard touchdown
run which gave UGA a 10-3 lead. He took advantage of more Irish misfortune as a Notre Dame fumble
set Georgia up at the Irish 22-yard line. Three plays later, Walker was in the end zone
again after he had runs of 12, 7, and 3 yards. This TD came with 13:49 left in the 2nd quarter
as Georgia led 17-3. Notre Dame’s tailback Phil Carter would score a touchdown late in
the third quarter as Georgia held on to win, 17-10. Walker, who suffered a dislocated left
shoulder very early in the game, managed to rush 36 times for 150 yards that included
a longest run of 23 yards during the contest. At the season’s conclusion, Walker had helped
his Georgia Bulldogs complete a 12-0-0 record as the Associated Press voted the University
of Georgia No. 1 with 58½ first place votes to Pittsburgh’s 3½. Walker and his teammates
were also voted No. 1 by the United Press International Poll—which listed Georgia
with 36 first place votes to Pitt’s three. 1981
It didn’t take long for the momentum from 1980 to carry over into 1981 for the Georgia
Bulldogs as Walker and company took control early in the season by racing past Tennessee
and the Cal Golden Bears during the first two weekends of September for easy wins. Against
the Volunteers, he rushed for 161 yards in 30 snaps and scored on touchdown runs of 1
and 47 yards, but the long run was wiped out by a clipping penalty. Walker pounded California
by rushing 35 times for 167 yards on September 12, 1981.
After hitting a dip in the season, losing 13-3 to eventual national champion Clemson,
Georgia regained its focus and won out to get to 10-1 by the regular season’s end. Even
though Walker was able to push, shove, and get through Clemson’s defense by rushing 28
times for 111 yards, it wasn’t enough to overcome 9 turnovers by the Bulldogs in the loss to
the Tigers. Georgia and Walker rebounded by blanking South
Carolina, 24-0, on September 26 as the sophomore running back ran for 176 yards on 36 carries.
Georgia, however, only led 3-0 at the half. Walker opened things up for the Bulldogs in
the third quarter by scoring on TD runs of 3 and 8 yards to put the Gamecocks away.
Walker’s Bulldogs reeled off solid wins—all in October—over Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Kentucky,
and Temple. He rushed for a season-high 265 yards on 41 attempts and a TD against Mississippi
on October 10. A week later, Walker rushed 39 times for 188 yards and 2 TDs versus Vanderbilt.
Against Temple, he scored a career-high 4 touchdowns while rushing 23 times for 112
yards against the Owls. On November 7, seventh-ranked Georgia and
Walker got behind, 14-0, down in Jacksonville, Fla. to the Florida Gators, but came back
to win in a repeat score of the game from a season before, 26-21. Walker rushed a career-high
47 times for 192 yards while scoring touchdowns on runs of 4, 1, 24, and 16 yards against
the Gators. Walker and the Georgia Bulldogs finished out
the regular season at home against nearby rivals in the Auburn Tigers and the Georgia
Tech Yellow Jackets. The 24-13 win over coach Pat Dye’s Tigers clinched a 2nd SEC Championship
in a row for Georgia as Walker’s 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Bulldogs
a commanding 24-7 lead they would not lose. Georgia had led Auburn 17-7 at the half as
senior quarterback Buck Belue complimented Walker’s power, ground game by throwing for
two touchdowns. Walker grinded out 165 yards on 37 rushes during the contest. Against Georgia
Tech, seniors Belue and Lindsay Scott set the tone on the game’s 1st play by hooking
up on an 80-yard pass as Scott raced into the endzone with the pigskin to spark a 34-0
halftime lead for the Bulldogs. Walker got into the act by scoring three touchdowns in
the first half. He added a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter as Georgia cruised past
the Yellow Jackets, 44-7. Walker finished with 36 rushes for 225 yards with 4 TDs in
the rivalry matchup. Riding an 8-game winning streak, Walker’s
Georgia ranked as the No. 2 team in the country when they faced Pittsburgh in the 1982 Sugar
Bowl. Walker made his presence felt early as he bolted 8 yards for a touchdown with
7:18 left in the 2nd quarter giving Georgia a 7-0 lead inside the Louisiana Superdome.
The Bulldogs led 7-3 at the half. After a Dan Marino 30-yard touchdown pass lifted Pitt
to a 10-7 lead, Walker answered. This time, Walker scored from 10 yards out to give Georgia
a 14-10 lead going into the 4th quarter. With Georgia clinging to a 20-17 lead late in the
game, Marino found Pittsburgh’s receiver John Brown open for a 33-yard TD pass with 0:35
left in the game. Walker’s Bulldogs came up short in the loss, 20-24. He finished with
25 rushes for 84 yards and led UGA in receptions with 3 catches for 53 yards that evening on
January 1, 1982. 1982
With the season opener with defending national champion Clemson looming, the University of
Georgia received bad news when Herschel Walker suffered a fractured right thumb in a scrimmage
practice on August 21, 1982. He was expected to be out of action for 3–6 weeks, team
officials said. When the two teams met on September 6, Walker wore a bulky, padded cast
on his broken right thumb. Clemson jumped out to a 7-0 lead off QB Homer Jordan’s 6-yard
keeper midway through the first quarter. In this tight game, Walker was used primarily
as a decoy as he rushed 11 times for 20 yards. The Georgia defense made up for its injured
star player by shutting down Clemson, limiting the Tigers to 249 total yards of offense as
the Bulldogs prevailed, 13-7. The season resumed as #6 Georgia faced a tough
test in Brigham Young at home on September 9, 1982. BYU’s Tom Holmoe returned an interception
83 yards for a TD which tied the score at 7-7 at the half. The errant throw seemed to
erase Barry Young’s 12-yard TD run for Georgia—which happened earlier. BYU’s Steve Young made matters
worse when he connected with Scott Collie on a 21-yard TD pass in the 3rd quarter to
give Brigham Young a 14-7 lead going into the final period of play. However, Walker
rallied the Bulldogs as he led them on two scoring drives that gave Georgia the win,
17-14. He scored on a 1-yard TD run with 5:36 left in the 4th quarter which tied up the
score. Later, Walker converted on a huge fourth-and-1 that enabled Georgia’s place kicker Kevin
Butler to make a 44-yard field goal in the game’s closing seconds. Walker’s game-winning
drive of 40 yards to set up Butler’s kick covered three minutes in all—which was keyed
by his 23-yard breakaway run. Walker, coming back from the thumb injury, got into a groove
by rushing 31 times for 124 yards against the Cougars when the game was on the line.
UGA’s cornerback Ronnie Harris ended the contest by intercepting a pass from BYU’s Steve Young
at the Georgia 25-yard line to seal the win. After the difficult challenge with BYU, Walker
and company won out the rest of the way through the regular season. After getting past South
Carolina, 34-18, on September 25, Georgia rolled during the month of October. Walker’s
performance against the Gamecocks was modest, but he ran hard while wearing the cast on
his injured hand. In October, Georgia faced Mississippi State,
Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, and Memphis State beginning on October 2 and finishing
out on October 30. Walker’s Bulldogs slipped past Mississippi St., 29-22, as the 6-1, 220-pound
junior tailback rushed 39 times for 215 yards and a touchdown against the MSU Bulldogs.
Next, Georgia overwhelmed Ole Miss, 33-10, as Walker rushed 24 times for 149 yards and
3 TDs in the contest. On October 16, Georgia got past an up-and-coming Vanderbilt team
that was led by quarterback Whit Taylor, 27-13. Against the Commodores, Walker ran for 172
yards and a TD off 38 carries. He received help from his teammate, safety Terry Hoage,
who had 3 interceptions during the contest. Georgia finished out October by knocking off
Kentucky and Memphis State to push its record to 8-0 going into the Florida game down in
Jacksonville, Fla. Walker maintained a heavy load, carrying the Georgia ground game as
he rushed 34 times against Kentucky for 152 yards. The Wildcats actually led 10-3 in the
second quarter when Walker caught one of three John Lastinger touchdown passes during the
game. Walker’s reception came off a screen pass as he raced 64 yards to paydirt to cut
the deficit to a 14-10 score. Lastinger threw two more TD’s in the second half as Georgia
pulled away. Walker finished with 79 receiving yards on 3 catches against Kentucky. In Georgia’s
matchup with Memphis St., Walker shattered the Southeastern Conference career scoring
record as his third-ranked Bulldogs swept past the Tigers by 31 points. He ran for a
season-high 219 yards and 2 touchdowns which extended Memphis St.’s losing streak to 15
games. Georgia took control against tough opposition
during the month of November. They got past Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech to complete
a perfect 11-0 regular season as the No. 1 ranked team in the country. Walker dismantled
Florida by scoring on touchdown runs of 30, 1, and 1 yards as Georgia led 17-0 at the
half and by as much as 27-0 after his last TD during the third quarter. He rushed 35
times for 219 yards during the contest which was his signature win. “We were ready for
this game,” Walker said. “We were more fired up than Florida.” With Auburn, Georgia had
to face the Tigers on November 13 in a hostile environment at Jordan-Hare Stadium in a game
which was a slugfest. Walker scored on a 3-yard TD run with 8:42 left in the 4th quarter which
gave UGA a 19-14 lead. Georgia hung on to win by that score as Walker finished with
31 rushes for 177 yards and a 47-yard run to go along with 2 TDs during the contest.
In the last regular season game of Walker’s career with the University of Georgia, the
Yellow Jackets were no match as Georgia raced away with a 38-18 decision over Georgia Tech
on November 27—which pitted the No. 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs against the No. 2 ranked
Penn State Nittany Lions in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1983. Walker opened up Georgia’s
win over Georgia Tech by breaking five tackles and sprinting 59 yards for a score in the
first quarter. Georgia led 7-6 at the half. The Bulldogs scored 17 points in the 3rd quarter
which included a 1-yard TD run by Walker. He finished with 27 rushes for 162 yards against
the Rambling Wreck. Once again, Georgia wrapped up its third SEC
Championship in as many seasons as Walker led the way by winning the Heisman Trophy
on December 4, 1982. As SEC Champion, the Bulldogs were invited to play in the Louisiana
Superdome in New Orleans on New Year’s Day. However, the 10-1 Nittany Lions were ready
to play as Penn State grabbed a 20-3 lead in the 2nd quarter. Georgia’s John Lastinger
worked the 2-minute drill with just 0:39 remaining in the half by driving 66-yards. That drive
ended with 0:05 left as Herman Archie caught a 10-yard TD pass from Lastinger to cut the
score to a 20-10 deficit by halftime. Walker scored one last time in his UGA career to
cut the score to a 20-17 deficit as he fell into the end zone from 1 yard out with 10:37
remaining in the third quarter. However, Penn State answered 21 seconds later as its QB
Todd Blackledge completed a 46-yard TD pass to wideout Gregg Garrity. Penn State held
on to win the game, 27-23, and the national championship by a unanimous voting from both
the AP and UPI polls. Walker rushed 28 times for 102 yards and caught a pass for 15 yards
against the Mark Robinson-led PSU defense. Statistics
Professional career United States Football League
United States Football League rules allowed athletes to turn professional after their
junior seasons rather than wait for their collegiate class to graduate a year later.
Further, the rules allowed him to choose where to play, allowing him to maximize his endorsement
income. He stated, “I don’t know if I would want to play in the NFL unless it was for
the two New York teams or the Dallas Cowboys.” Walker signed with the New Jersey Generals
in 1983, owned by Oklahoma oil tycoon J. Walter Duncan, who after the 1983 season sold the
team to real-estate mogul Donald Trump. Walker attracted only one major promotional offer,
a joint project of McDonald’s and Adidas. The USFL had initially followed the NFL and
banned underclassmen. However, league officials concluded the rule would never stand up in
court, and discarded it. To circumvent the league’s $1.8-million salary cap, Walker signed
a personal services contract with Duncan Similar arrangements were later made with other college
stars. Although this move was challenged in court, Walker and the USFL prevailed.
He won the USFL rushing title in 1983 and 1985 and in the latter year produced over
4,000 yards in total offense. He set the professional football record for single-season rushing
yards with 2,411 yards in 1985, averaging 5.50 yards per attempt in 18 games. Over the
course of his USFL career, Walker had 5,562 yards rushing in 1,143 carries, averaging
4.87 yards. In 1983, he rushed for 1,812 yards in 18 games. In his second season, his rushing
yardage dropped to 1,339, but he caught passes for more than 800 yards giving him over 2,100
yards in total offense. Statistics
National Football League Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, suspecting that the USFL was not going
to last, acquired Walker’s NFL rights by drafting him in the fifth round of the 1985 NFL Draft.
When the USFL succumbed after its technically successful but financially fruitless antitrust
suit against the NFL in 1986, Walker came to the Cowboys as a fullback. During his first
two years with the Cowboys, he shared duties with Tony Dorsett, becoming the first Heisman
backfield tandem in NFL history. He established himself as a premier NFL running
back in 1988, Walker became a one-man offense, reaching his NFL career highs of 1,514 rushing
yards and 505 receiving yards, while playing seven positions: halfback, fullback, tight
end, H-back, wide receiver, both in the slot and as a flanker. He became just the 10th
player in NFL history to amass more than 2,000 combined rushing and receiving yards in a
season. In the process he achieved two consecutive Pro Bowls. In 1989, at the height of his NFL
career, the Cowboys traded Walker to the Minnesota Vikings for a total of five players and six
draft picks. This was claimed to be a turning point in the rise of the Cowboys to the NFL’s
top echelon. Minnesota Vikings
Nicknamed the “HWT”, Walker’s trade was widely condemned considering what the Vikings had
to give up in order to get him and remains one of the most frequently vilified roster
moves of that team’s history. Vikings coaches only reluctantly accepted Walker after the
trade and never fully exploited his talents. From the moment he arrived in Minneapolis,
“Herschel Mania” erupted. After a single 2½ hour practice where he studied only 12 offensive
plays, Walker had an incredible debut against the Green Bay Packers. He produced the best
rushing game by a Viking back since 1983 and the first over-100 yard rushing performance
by a Viking since 1987, gaining 148 yards on 18 carries.
He received three standing ovations from the record Metrodome crowd of 62,075, producing
a Vikings win after four successive losses and 14 of the prior 18 matches with the Packers.
His production thereafter declined. The team questioned his talent and commitment to football.
He joined the Bobsled program of the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, earning
a berth in the 1992 Winter Olympics. says, “Walker was never used properly by the
coaching brain trust.” “Herschel the Turkey”, a mock honor given out by the Star Tribune
newspaper to particularly inept or disgraceful Minnesota sports personalities, is named for
him. Walker played for the Vikings for two and a half years, never amassing 1,000 rushing
yards in a season. Philadelphia Eagles
After three seasons in Minnesota, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Walker in 1992 hoping he would
be the final ingredient they needed to reach the Super Bowl. That year he enjoyed his best
season as a Pro since 1988, rushing for 1,070 yards. In 1994 he became the first NFL player
to have one-play gains of 90 or more yards rushing, receiving and kick-returning in a
single season. He spent three seasons in Philadelphia, leaving after the Eagles signed free agent
Ricky Watters. New York Giants
The New York Giants signed him in 1995 as a third-down back, but soon discovered that
Walker wasn’t elusive enough for the role. He couldn’t play fullback either, because
of limited blocking skills. Walker led the Giants with 45 kick returns at 21.5 Y/Return
in 1995, his only season with the team. Dallas Cowboys
He finished his football career with the Cowboys. In 1996 he rejoined the team as a kickoff
return specialist and third-down back. Walker retired at the end of the 1997 season.
Statistics Legacy
Walker rushed for 5,562 yards in his USFL career. His combined rushing numbers for the
USFL and the NFL would place him 5th All-Time on the NFL’s career rushing list. In 12 NFL
seasons, Walker gained 8,225 rushing yards, 4,859 receiving yards, and 5,084 kickoff-return
yards. for 18,168 total combined net yards, ranking him second among the NFL’s all-time
leaders in total yardage as of his retirement; as of the start of the 2007 NFL season, ten
years later, he still ranked eighth. He scored 84 touchdowns: 61 rushing, 21 receiving and
returned two kick-offs for touchdowns. Walker is the only other player besides Derrick Mason
to have 10,000+ yards from scrimmage and 5,000+ return yards.
He is the only player to gain 4,000 yards three different ways: rushing, receiving and
kickoff returns. He is one of six players to exceed 60 touchdowns rushing and 20 touchdowns
receiving. He is the only NFL player with a 90+ yard reception, 90+ yard run and a 90+
yard kickoff return in one season. He is the only player to record an 84+ yard touchdown
run and an 84+ yard touchdown reception in the same game. He had 100 yards rushing and
100 yards receiving that day. Walker is regarded as one of the top college
running backs of all time. In 1999, he was selected to Sports Illustrated’s NCAA Football
All-Century Team. On the Fox Sports Net show Sports List, Walker was named the best college
football running back of all time and was selected as the third greatest player in college
football history by ESPN. Georgia retired Walker’s number “34”.
While Walker had a successful NFL career, he never played on a championship team. The
move to Minnesota was the turning point in his NFL tenure. In 2008, the trade was selected
by as the worst sports trade of all time. It was the subject of an episode of
ESPN Classic’s The Top 5 Reasons You Can’t Blame…. In 2003 Johnson County High School
named its football field in his honor. Walker was a highly popular and visible personality,
even in his college days, as evidenced by the fact that both a thoroughbred and a standardbred
race horse were named after him, the former while he was still in college. He made several
appearances in the sports documentary Damn Good Dog.
On January 29, 2011 Walker announced that he was considering a return to the NFL. “I’ve
told everyone that at 50 I might try football again to show people I can do that,” Walker
said. “I want to be the George Foreman of football, come back and do that one more time…
The two teams I would come back to play for are Minnesota or Atlanta. It would probably
be Atlanta because that’s home for me.” According to Walker, his mixed martial arts training
made him, “a much better-conditioned athlete now than when I was playing football. I’m
48 and in better shape now than I was when I was in my early 20s, playing football.”
Personal Walker married his college sweetheart, Cindy
DeAngelis Grossman in 1983. After 19 years they divorced in 2002. They have one son together,
Christian. Walker is a born-again Christian. He made a guest appearance on The Hour of
Power, hosted by televangelist Robert Schuller. Walker has a fifth-degree black belt in tae
kwon do. He competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics in two-man bobsled, finishing seventh.
In 1988, while still a Dallas Cowboy, he danced with the Fort Worth Ballet for a single performance.
He won back-to-back American Superstars competitions in 1987 and 1988.
In 2014, Walker appeared in a commercial paid for by the United States Chamber of Commerce
supporting Jack Kingston’s bid in the Republican Party primary election for the 2014 U.S. Senate
election. Training and diet
Walker is known for his unorthodox training and dieting methods. Walker claims he sleeps
five hours a night and eats only one meal a day. Walker also claims his diet is made
up mostly of soup, bread and salad. Walker has participated in a variety of sports
including football, Olympic bobsledding, track and field, taekwondo, and ballet dancing.
Instead of lifting weights, he has a daily regimen of 750 to 1,500 push-ups and 2,000
sit-ups. He has been going through this same routine since high school.
Dissociative Identity Disorder Walker claims he has the mental condition
dissociative identity disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder. He describes
it to ABILITY Magazine as “I would say that we wear different hats in different situations.
You have a white hat for your home life. You have a red hat for work. As an athlete, you’ve
got a green hat for competition. But with DID, your hats get all mixed up, meaning that
your hat for competition has now become your home hat, your home hat has become your work
hat, your work hat has become some other hat and so on. DID is a coping mechanism to help
you overcome something.” On October 11, 2011 he visited the Central
Park Campus of Collin College in McKinney, Texas, to discuss his dissociative identity
disorder and ways to help change the conversation about mental health. The event was hosted
by Ascend Health Corporation and the local chapter of Active Minds, a national organization
that unites students in the goal to de-stigmatize mental health issues within the college and
surrounding communities. He was a contestant in the second season of the Donald Trump reality
television show Celebrity Apprentice. Although he owns a food service company, he was fired
during the 8th episode for failing as Project Manager on a task to create a new meal for
Schwan’s LiveSmart frozen food line. Throughout the season, each celebrity raised money for
a charity of his or her choice; Walker selected “Alternative Community Development Services.”
Mixed martial arts career In November 2007, Walker appeared on the HDNet
show Inside MMA as a guest. He indicated that he would take part in a mixed martial arts
reality show in the near future and that he would have an official MMA fight at the conclusion
of the show. In September 2009, it was announced that Herschel had been signed by MMA promotion
company Strikeforce to compete in their heavyweight division.
He began a 12-week training camp with trainer “Crazy” Bob Cook at the AKA American Kickboxing
Academy in October 2009 in San Jose, California. In his MMA debut on January 30, 2010, Walker
defeated Greg Nagy via technical knock-out due to strikes at Strikeforce: Miami. According
to Scott Coker, the Strikeforce CEO, Walker pledged to donate his fight purse to charity.
Scott Coker announced Walker would fight again on December 4, 2010 in St. Louis, Mo.
Strikeforce confirmed that Walker would face former WEC fighter Scott Carson when he made
his second appearance in the Strikeforce cage. Walker was forced off the Strikeforce card
on December 4 due to a cut suffered in training that required seven stitches. They fought
instead on January 29, 2011, and Walker defeated Carson via TKO at 3:13 of round 1.
Mixed martial arts record References External links
Career statistics and player information from • ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference
Professional MMA record for Herschel Walker from Sherdog
Herschel Walker at the College Football Hall of Fame
Herschel Walker at the Heisman Trophy Entry in New Georgia Encyclopedia
Career Works by or about Herschel Walker in libraries

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