Herschel Walker Wants to Make a Football Comeback


When last we left Herschel Walker he was trying to carve out a career for himself in MMA.  Now, at the age of 48, Walker says he could be ready to perform a career U-turn and go back to what he used to do best, play football.

In a conference call ahead of his scheduled second MMA fight, former Viking running back Walker said he knows he could help an NFL team, claiming he is still fast enough to run a 40 in under 4.5 seconds. Walker said he’d love to make an NFL comeback at the age of 50, becoming the George Foreman of football.

Walker went on to say that, if he does attempt his unlikely comeback, he’d like to do it with either the Vikings or Falcons (he went to college in Georgia). Walker mentioned his disappointing stint with the Vikings in the early ’90s and said he’d like to return and, this time, give the fans their money’s worth.

I suppose there are some who would regard the sight of a 50-year-old man attempting to play a violent sport alongside 25-year-olds as something worth shelling out money for, but to me it would be nothing more than a pathetic spectacle. Thankfully, I’m sure Herschel was only dreaming out loud when he talked about his comeback, and is not actually serious about it.

I think I speak for most Viking fans when I say I got my fill of Herschel the first time. Just the mention of his name is enough to make one puke.

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  • solar

    The trade was bad. Herschel was not bad. We never used the guy properly. Dallas didn’t seem to have a problem getting him to produce.

    We got Herschel Walker in trade and then underutilized him. Walker never averaged 20 or above carries a game with Minnesota. Can you believe that? In fact, Walker never got the ball from any team twenty times or more a game except for in Dallas in 1988 when he averaged 22.6 attempts a game and it produced his best year of 1514 yards. You could say that he was the most underutilized talent the league has ever seen. He was clearly a back that got better as he was fed the ball and wore down defenses and he was being marginalized by a Burgess Merideth look alike-Jerry Burns.

    Here are his average carries a game by year in Minnesota:

    1989-15.4
    1990-11.5-I had to look twice at that number; unreal!
    1991-13.2

    Is that any way to use a guy who you bet the farm on?
    In 1991 he was traded to Philly where he was given 16.7 attempts a game and produced a 1070 yard season. After that Philly went to a two-headed running game and Walker never got the carries he deserved.

    The trade makes me want to puke until this day, but so does the fact that we didn’t even bother to use the guy we traded for after paying so much for him.