Posted: 11:56 am Thursday, April 24th, 2014
By Chip Towers
Georgia legend and longtime NFL player Herschel Walker told USA Today he could still play running back in the NFL.
But don’t get too excited. He’s not about attempt a comeback.
“I can play in the NFL today,” Walker told the nationally-distributed newspaper. “I couldn’t take every snap. But running backs nowadays don’t play every down. Now they send in the choir section. … Physically, I can still do it.”
Walker, 52, has famously stayed fit and competitive since retiring from the NFL. Most recently, he has competed in mixed martial arts, winning both of his professional bouts, the last in 2011.
Walker, who runs several businesses out of Dallas, talked to USA Today reporter Jarrett Bell about the modern NFL, about the Dallas Cowboys under Jerry Jones and about former USFL team owner and longtime friend and confidante Donald Trump. Next week, he plans a big announcement about an e-Commerce venture involving his company, 34 Solutions, and Cinsay, according to the newspaper.
Walker has always demonstrated his physical prowess in unusual ways, performing in ballets and competing for the U.S. bobsled team. He has always been know for his grueling training regimen, claiming to do 1,500 push-ups and 3,500 sit-ups per day.
He was also pretty good at football. As a tailback at UGA from 1980-82, he was three-time All-American, led the Bulldogs to the 1980 national championship and won the 1982 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award. He rushed for 5,259 yards and scored 53 touchdowns in three seasons with the Bulldogs and remains the only player in NCAA history to finish in the top three in Heisman voting in all three of his collegiate seasons.
He left Georgia as a junior to play for Trump and the fledgling USFL’s New Jersey Generals. He played in that league for three years before joining the Cowboys in 1986 and playing in the NFL for 13 seasons. His combined rushing totals of 13,787 yards for the USFL and the NFL would place him fifth all-time on the NFL’s career rushing list