Former 1982 Heisman winner Herschel Walker is not ready to let his dreams of playing in the NFL die, even if he did already have 13 productive seasons in the league.
About a week ago, in an interview with Boomer & Carton, Walker was quoted saying, “There is not a doubt in my mind, if I played [in the NFL] today, I could contribute to a team.”
Players have come out of retirement before, but never after this long of a sabbatical from the game.
Herschel Walker hasn’t played in the NFL in 18 years, making him 53 years old. After retiring in 1997, Walker had a brief stint with Olympic bobsledding, then moved to MMA (where he is 2-0), and now wants another chance at the NFL.
Lucky for him, Atlanta Falcons’ head coach Dan Quinn is willing to give him a shot.
“He’s one of my all-time favorite players,” Quinn said, in meeting with Buckhead Business Association, “Yeah, we have room for him.”
This seems more like a move to motivate his Falcons (who went 6-10 last year), than it is to actually try out this former Heisman winner at running back, but who doesn’t like a good comeback story?
To his credit, Walker is still a tremendous athletic specimen to this day: currently maintaining a 5th-degree black belt in Taekwondo while owning two TKO finishes in MMA. It seems like he hasn’t lost a step either.
Walker boasts, “The last time I ran a 40, I ran a 4.3, [and] that was like a year ago. That was when I had not been doing any track work.”
I would love to see a 53-year-old Walker take the field with the Falcons this year, but it will be a long shot, even with this invite from Quinn. With all this talk of coming back, I sure hope Brett Favre doesn’t get any ideas.
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