As you may have heard by now, Herschel Walker is contemplating a comeback with the Atlanta Falcons. Herschel will be 49 years old in March and has stated, “I want to be the George Foreman of football and come back and do it one more time."
Considered one of the greatest athletes of our generation and one of the greatest collegiate athletes of all time, Herschel won a collegiate National Championship, a Heisman Trophy, holds the professional football record for single-season rushing yards with 2,411 yards in 1985 (18 game season / Washington Generals), made two Pro Bowls as a Dallas Cowboys, in 1998 had an NFL year with over 2,000 yards from scrimmage, scored 82 NFL TD’s, was (all by himself) himself traded for 5 players and 6 draft picks, was a member of the 1992 Winter Olympic United States Bobsled Team and at 48 years of age is an MMA fighter.
None of those accomplishments seems to impressed Herschel and “been there done that” doesn’t seem to apply as now, Herschel wants, at 49 years old, to take another crack at professional football.
According to published reports, Walker spoke on a conference call this Monday and stated, "I know I can play. If I continue to stay in the shape I'm in now, I know I can play when I'm 50. Right now, if you asked if I can play today, there's absolutely no doubt in my mind I can play football today, that I can help out a team today. I 100% guarantee you I can help a football team out."
If you recall, about a year ago in February Back in February of 2010, Walker claimed that he could still run the 40-yard dash in under 4.40 seconds. When asked of that was still the case now, Walker stated, "I haven't been doing my track work, but I think if I get back into my track work and the way I run, I can still run pretty well." So should Herschel Walker make a comeback attempt? Why the hell not? If he’s good enough they’ll take him and if he’s not they won’t. If there’s an athlete who can possibly accomplish such a feat, he’s the guy.
Here are 10 reasons that Herschel should give the NFL a shot again.
- Last time he played the Cowboys got 11 players for the dude, six players from the Minnesota Vikings (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) paving the way for three Super Bowl titles. The Falcons can activate him and then contact the Vikings and trade him straight up for Adrian Peterson, Jared Allen, Percy Harvin, Sindey Rice, Visanthe Shiancoe, Antonio Winfield and Kevin and Pat Williams.
- Without the old man Brett Favre around for us to watch get his ass kicked on the football field, it’s just not the same. Now we’ll have another old guy to watch get his ass kicked. Unlike Favre, Walker won't just assume the fetal position on the ground when he's hit, Walker has MMA fighting experience so he might fight back after he’s tackled.
- After his bobsled pushing experience, he’s likely to run well at away games in the ice in snow late in the year. If it turns out that over time he's become a fumbler, at the very least he would be an asset pushing the team’s equipment around on the ice and snow.
- What we need is another Born Again Christian in sports. You know, the kind that praises God every time he’s interviewed. There just doesn't seem to be enough around anymore.
- Since Herschel's retired, the guy became a fifth-degree black belt in Taekwondo. When the opposition goes to tackle him, he can give them the old hassan-chop! Currently, while it may be an oversight, there’s no 15 yard personal foul penalty for doing Taekwondo on the football field.
- At 44, during a charity event at the University of Georgia, Herschel was clocked in the 100 yard dash at 9.3 seconds. That’s not a reason to play football at 49, but I’m running out of reasons and I just thought that was rather impressive. I should have made this list a top 5. Or maybe 4. No, 3.
- The networks would likely run clips of the old American Superstars competitions (remember those!) I liked that show and Herschel is the only two time winner (1987 and 1988).
- On August 23, 2010, an in-studio interview on the Bob and Dan Show (KTCK 1310am, Dallas) Herschel stated that that he still performs 3,500 sit-ups and 1,000 push-ups every day and that he has been going through this same routine since high school. That seems like a gross exaggeration to me as that just doesn’t seem humanly possible. In fact, I don’t know anyone who even has the time to do that, even if they could! I’m sure the guy is still doing regular calisthenics or something though because he’s still an impressive physical specimen. When I consider the fact that the only thing that I have been consistently able to do since high school is take a shit, and even that isn’t always regular, whatever it is that he's doing is impressive.
- It's widely known that Walker has have never lifted weights. Heck maybe he does do 3,500 sit-ups and 1,000 push-ups a day? I don’t care how old you are, if you have no neck but you are not fat, you should probably be playing football.
- Look at the size of Michael Turner’s butt and then look at Herschel Walker. You’re telling me that Walker can’t run faster?
I say they give the guy a shot, he's clearly not an out of shape old man. The guy is a freak of nature.
I don't know it the Atlanta Falcons would let him try out, but you know who would? The New York Jets. Ca'mon, you know I'm right. The Jets will take anyone if they think the guy can play and help sell PSL's. You tell me that you couldn't see Rex Ryan talking out of his ass telling us why a 49 year old Herschel Walker is the best thing since sliced bread.
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