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Herschel Walker is a Beast, shows life after NFL.

Posted on: January 30, 2011 10:06 am
I've never been a Cowboys fan lets get that out of the way now. However I am a NFL fan, and a football fan.. BIG ONE.

Herschel Walker is one of the greatest cowboys of all-time. Now fighting in MMA, he is a BEAST!!! believe me he is well respected by pro-fighters. The 48-year-old former NFL and college football star toyed with Scott Carson last night on the Strikeforce card in San Jose, Calif.

Walker knocked Carson down with a huge left hook in the opening minute of their fight at the HP Pavilion and then continued to brutalized him on the ground for the next two minutes. Referee Dan Stell stepped in to save Carson from the massive beat down at 3:13 of the first round. Walker is now 2-0 and said he plans on moving forward with his MMA career.

Wild to think that 19 years ago, in 1992 he not only qualified for the olympic bobsled team, but in a 2 man bobsled, took 7th place in the olympics. the guy is just way cool, and a real inspiration to atheletes everywhere, let alone African Americans. He has a clean criminal record, meaning he's a "real bad boy", not a "badguy".

Gonna throw some football stats out there for fun, rememberance, and just in honor of a man still involved in sports and prominent figure in his 3rd different sport competition, MMA.

Congrats Herschel, on your big win.

Walker played running back for the University of Georgia, where he was a 3-time All-American and winner of the 1982 Heisman Trophy. He is the only player in NCAA history to finish in the top 3 in Heisman voting every season he played football. During his freshman season in 1980, Walker set the NCAA freshman rushing record and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. He played a major role in helping Georgia go undefeated that year and win the National Championship with a victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. He would go on to win the Heisman in his junior year. In 1999, Walker was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and is considered one of the greatest players in college football history.

In the United States Football League, Walker saw an opportunity to do something then forbidden by NFL rules. To turn professional after the end of his junior season rather than wait for his collegiate class to graduate the next year. He also sought to choose where he would play professionally, as he felt he could make considerable money from product endorsements, as he was quoted on one occasion: "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." With endorsement considerations in mind, 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. He got his McDonnalds endorsement, and a big mac commercial lol. It was big back then.

He went on to win the USFL rushing title in 1983 and 1985 and in the latter year also gaining over 4,000 yards in total offense. He holds the professional football record for single-season rushing yards with 2,411 yards in 1985, averaging 5.50 yards per attempt in 18 games. In his USFL career, Walker had 5,562 yards rushing in 1,143 carries, averaging 4.87 yards per carry, during his three seasons with the Generals. In 1983, he rushed for 1,812 yards in 18 games. In his second pro 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.

The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League acquired Walker's NFL rights by drafting him in the fifth round of the 1985 NFL Draft. When the USFL succumbed after its  antitrust suit against the NFL in 1986, Walker went to play for the Cowboys, eventually establishing himself as a premier NFL running back with two consecutive Pro-Bowl seasons (1987 and 1988).

In 1989, at the height of his NFL career, the Cowboys traded Walker to the Minnesota Vikings for a total of five players (LB Jesse Solomon, DB Issiac Holt, RB Darrin Nelson, LB David Howard , DE Alex Stewart) and six draft picks (which led to Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith , and Darren Woodson). This was judged to be one of the turning points in the rise of the Cowboys to the top echelon of the NFL. Nicknamed the "HWT" (Herschel Walker Trade), Walker's trade was widely perceived as an exceptionally poor move considering what the Vikings had to give up in order to get him and remains one of the most frequently talked about roster moves of the team's history. The Vikings coaches never totally used the tool they had been given.Walker played for the Vikings for two and a half years, never amassing 1,000 rushing yards in a season.

His rights were then acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles and subsequently the New York Giants . Eventually, he was re-acquired by the Cowboys, where he was used not only as a running back but as a wide receiver and other offensive positions as well. In addition to running and catching passes, Walker was also often used to return kickoffs throughout his career.

Walker rushed for 5,562 yards in his USFL career. His combined rushing numbers for the USFL and the NFL (13,787 yards) 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. This gave him 18,168 total combined net yards, ranking him second among the NFL's all-time leaders in total yardage at the time of his retirement; as of the start of the 2007 NFL season, ten years after his retirement, he still ranked eighth. He also scored 84 touchdowns: 61 rushing, 21 receiving and two kick off returns for touchdowns. Walker is the only other player besides Derrick Mason to have 10,000+ yards from scrimmage and 5,000+ return yards (all of which were on kickoff returns).

He is the only player to gain 4,000 yards three different ways: rushing, receiving and kickoff returns. He is one of six players (Jim Brown, Lenny Moore, Marcus Allen, Marshall Faulk, and Thurman Thomas) to exceed 60 touchdowns rushing and 20 touchdowns receiving. Another NFL record is that he is the only player with a 90+ yard reception, 90+ yard run and a 90+ yard kickoff return all in the same season (1994). He is the only player to record an 84+ yard touchdown run and an 84+ yard touchdown reception, in the same game (December 14, 1986). That same day, he had 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving. Walker is currently ranked eighth all time in all-purpose yards with 18,168, despite spending his first three seasons in the USFL.

As of January 29th, 2011 according to ESPN Walker he announced that he is considering an attempt at returning 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." Also according to walker, thanks to his MMA training, "I'm a much better-conditioned athlete now than when I was playing football," he said. "I'm 48 and in better shape now than I was when I was in my early 20s, playing football."

Herschel, you are a Beast, and I have no doubt that if you do try football again, you will make us proud!!!

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2011 10:23 am

Herschel Walker is a Beast, shows life after NFL.

I remember reading about Walker's workout regimen when he was a freshman at Georgia. Incredible stuff. Thousands of situps and pushups every day. I dont believe he lifted weights at all.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 4:12 pm

Herschel Walker is a Beast, shows life after NFL.

not even one response. pretty harsh there people.


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