Sunday, January 31, 2010


I was toiling in the wide world of sports last night as Herschel Walker made his MMA debut. Due to usage restrictions imposed by Showtime we could not watch the fight live and we had to wait on a feed of the action to come down a little while later. It’s just one of the realities of the business I’m in. Everyone was interested in how the former football star would do and we all watched intently as the video finally began streaming in. To a man, every person that was still in the newsroom was astonished at the level of fitness Herschel maintained, even at the age of 47. That is when I reminded everyone that Herschel maintains he still trains using the same method that he has employed since high school, a regimen that he maintains includes 2,500 sit-ups and 1,500 push-ups every morning.

You can check out the video from the fight HERE at the Leather Helmet blog.

Herschel won his debut in the cage and looked pretty good in doing so, and that afforded me the opportunity to spend the next fifteen minutes educating my co-workers on how nothing we had seen should come as a surprise. I informed them that Herschel was no stranger to hand to hand fighting, that he had been involved with it since his time at Georgia and that he is a sixth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I also reminded everyone that the man from Wrightsville nearly made the Olympic team in the sprint relay, that he competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics in the two-man bobsled and has recorded times of 10.22 seconds in the 100 meters and 9.3 seconds over 100 yards. Walker is a Georgia legend that began in high school, continued though college where he won a Heisman Trophy and a national championship with the DAWGS, eventually becoming a member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. Walker played professional football from 1983-1997 in both the USFL and in the NFL. All of this, and did I mention, Herschel is a really good guy too.

Herschel Walker is, without a doubt, one of the finest athletes the United States has ever produced. At this point, nothing we see from Walker should come as a surprise to any of us. I am a Herschel Walker fan, as much for the things he has accomplished since he left Georgia as for the accomplishments he can point to during his time in Athens, and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

Herschel Walker is A DAMN BEAST!!!


michael gilchrist said...

Herschel Walker is still an amazing athlete even as he is reaching 50, but he obviously cant compete against the top-tier MMA fighters.

kc said...

Give him a couple of years. Oh yeah, and be sure to tell him he won't be able to compete with the best while he's training. Then have every one of your other fighters train with Herschel everyday to see who can keep up with his old ass. Whoever can will be the next champ.

Chelsea Harper said...

Hey there!

#66 is my dad, Jeff Harper. I love that picture of him and Hershal. How can I get a copy of that photo to frame for him

Chelsea Harper

genxdawg said...


Thanks for reading Chelsea. That pic is a pretty common find if you do a Google image search for Herschel Walker. Maybe if you check out the hose sites for those photos, you might be able to fine one available for purchase. Hope this helps.