Posted: 11:56 am Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Herschel Walker says he could still play running back in NFL 

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

175 comments
ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Herschel Walker is a fine man, but we need to move-on as a program to more of what he brought here - and, we've really not done that honestly.  So, on a Thursday 3 decades after him, we put up a blog Thursday morning for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday - 5 days and counting now to discuss Herschel Walker again, when there are far more pressing news for blogs such as we keep the South's Oldest Rivalry Game with Auburn on 6+1+1 format according to SEC presidents.  If the UGA Sports' blog is to be what it purports itself, we would interview him in Dallas where he makes his home, and ask him assessments of current events such as no SEC Championship 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and frankly 26-Losses even if our schedules are not like FSU has to face to win a national championship, doesn't cut it latest 6 years.  We have much to discuss to move-on.

DawgByte
DawgByte

I have no doubt Hershel could take a dozen snaps per game in the NFL today. The guy is a physical freak, so you have to throw the rule book out when discussing Hershel Walker. Nobody like him before or since.

beorn80
beorn80

350 are you having some love mentions on this internet thing,i think you and delusionaldog are having a affair,lol!

Dawg350
Dawg350

UGA will have the best backfield in the sec...if we get our LG situation straighted out...then OL will be ok. I bet you we will win more than 9 games next season.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

350,


FYI, dog softball is on at noon - ESPNU. I want to keep he who is all things dog in the know. 

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

His mother probably called him up for dinner.

POAD2014
POAD2014

350GED where are you? You are not posting on the recruiting Blog anymore. WHY? 

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

He is delusional.....just like many/most UGA fans.


I love him anyway. Greatest college football player I have ever watched. He is a class act and great representative for UGA as well as the entire state of Georgia.


All the best to Herschel.

Peachs
Peachs

Greatest college player I ever saw, power and speed. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

It looks like MC on the recruiting blog has put 350GED in timeout. MC is deleting 350GED's post faster than UGa coeds slam down shots at the Sigma Nu house on Fridays. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Herschel Walker is the greatest athlete ever...he was even in the Olympics! Herschel is the greatest baby!

stripesofzebra
stripesofzebra

Walker was a heck of a football player in college and the pros.  I'm sure he could still play football, but not at the NFL level.  If he thinks that he can do it, sign a waiver and get an NFL team to let him come to training camp and let's settle this real quick.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

350 is lurking around Kennesaw State again. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Even skip bayless said walker could play today. Herschel is in a lot better shape than Bo is today.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Bama shutting out softball dogs in bottom 4. 

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

@DawgByte  There are plenty of "physical freaks" over 50. Got to any local gym. They could line up for a dozen snaps. Thing is, 50 year old ligaments and tendons also snap. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Good to know idiot....but I won't be watching. I don't like baseball or softball. I do hope UGA women win...but it doesn't have the same feel as football...

Dawg350
Dawg350

Your mother is your wife.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad..

I bet your farm is invested with rats....uh oh....somebody better call pest control.

Dawg350
Dawg350

You think I really care? Lmao! Why don't you go live on plantation you gerbil.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Take down that pic you racist bum!

stripesofzebra
stripesofzebra

@Dawg350  When you start using Skip Bayless as a source to back up the asinine thought that a 52 year old could still compete in the NFL today, then you have sunk to a depth so low that no submarine could even get down to you.  

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  get a CLUE no 50 year old man is able to play Pro football.

Bo has a reason for not working out like Herschel. You do know what happened to BO don't you?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Who cares. Touchdown Sparty! Hallelujah!

aladawg47
aladawg47

@Dawg350  No, his wife is his sister his mother is also his aunt. 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Yep and mama's are always right! Go dawgs sic em!

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  no you simpleton just because it make you cry like a little girl.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Skip gets paid to make opinions...so I think his opinions are reguarded higher than any troll meth heads like you!

Dawg350
Dawg350

It's not how much you work out, it's about how you eat. Get a clue...you dumb azz...

Dawg350
Dawg350

Why don't you post your trailer you azz clown.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I will you little punk. I hope your farm gets shut down for being nasty.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Shut your mouth you tranny.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Ok whatever you say fairy breath.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  just because he get paid to run his mouth it doesn't mean he is correct to chit4brains simpleton.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Your jokes are so corny....give it up meth boy.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Not nationally known....go to hell you hater.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Conner Cook td! Hallelujah!