Herschel Walker is an American former professional football player, bobsledder, sprinter, and mixed martial artist. He played college football for the University of Georgia and won the 1982 Heisman Trophy. In the NFL, he also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants. In 1999, Walker was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and is considered one of college football’s greatest players.
About Herschel Walker in brief
Herschel Walker is an American former professional football player, bobsledder, sprinter, and 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. In the NFL, he also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants. In 1989, Walker’s name became synonymous with the largest trade in league history. In 1999, Walker was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and is considered one of college football’s greatest players. Walker was born in Augusta, 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 struggled with stuttering. Walker attended Johnson County High School in Wrightsville, where he played football, basketball, and competed in track. He is the only player in NCAA history to finish in the top three in Heisman voting in all three of his collegiate seasons. Walker is the first NCAA player who played only three years to finish inside the top 10 in rushing yards and only player other than Jonathan Taylor. Walker also competed as a sprinter at Georgia,where he was a two-time All- American selection. He won the shot put and 100-yard dash events at the GHSA Class A State T&F Championships. Walker won the 4×400 team to victory, with a time of 3: 24. 01 minutes. On July 4, 2017, during Wrightville’s annual Fourth of July celebration, Trojan Way, the street where Johnson County high School resides, was officially renamed Herschel Walker Drive.
Walker played running back for the Johnson County Trojans high school football team from 1976 to 1979. In his senior year, he rushed for 3,167 yards, helping theTrojans to win their first state championship. Walker, listed at 6 feet 2 inch, 222-pound running back and the most sought after high school player in the nation, signed a national letter of intent to play for Georgia on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1980. The season began with sophomore Carnie Norris starting ahead of Walker at tailback as the Bulldogs faced Tennessee on September 6 in Knoxville. With Tennessee gaining a 9–0 lead in the 2nd quarter, Walker told his offensive coordinator Don Dooley, “I’m putting Herschel in.” Walker scored again five minutes later on a 9-yard run as Georgia went on to win 16–15. A week later, he ran over future Dallas Cowboys teammate Bill Bates near the goal line where he ran out a field goal from 16 yards out, where the ball went out to safety Bill Bates. The next week, Walker scored on a 16-15 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks in the NCAA Division II Sugar Bowl. In 1981, Walker set the NCAA freshman rushing record and finished third in Heisman Voting. He also was a member of the SEC champion 4 × 100 m relay squad in 1981. He ran the 100 meters in a PR of 10. 23 seconds in 1982 and also ran 10. 10 seconds wind-assisted.