Herschel Walker Says He Could Still Play In the NFL


September 29, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs former player Herschel Walker on the sidelines before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs won 51-44. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Herschel Walker is 52 years old and hasn’t played in the NFL since 1997. But the former Viking running back says if he wanted to he could still make a comeback.

“I can play in the NFL today,” Walker told USA Today Sports. “I couldn’t take every snap. But running backs nowadays don’t play every down. Now they send in the choir section. Physically, I can still do it.”

Walker is a famous health freak who reportedly only ever eats salad and nuts and totally abstains from nasty things like meat. He also has a work out regimen that would kill a lot of normal human beings.

This guy is a physical freak, is what I’m trying to say. But playing in the NFL at 52?

I think Herschel has been out of it too long. I think he’s forgotten what the physical grind is really like.

I think if Herschel did make a comeback, even with a CFL or Arena League team, he would play about one quarter, remember what it feels like and suddenly realize, “Oh heck, I’m 52. I can’t do this.”

Sorry Herschel but it’s just cold hard reality. What are we constantly being told? Father Time is undefeated.

Father Time isn’t tanking for you Herschel. Father Time fights to the bell. And Father Time is always the last man standing.

And anyway, nobody wants to see you anymore. You weren’t that effective at the tail end of your career. You have more to offer at 52 than you did at 35? Kinda doubting it.

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