Herschel Walker: I could still play in NFL at age 52

herschel-walker1Former NFL running back Herschel Walker believes that his title could be “current NFL running back” Herschel Walker if he really wanted.

Walker, who is now 52, made two Pro Bowls during his NFL career. He has remained in tremendous shape with mixed martial arts training and was even interested in wrestling at one point, but a 52-year-old in the NFL? Come on.

Earlier this week, Walker told USA Today Sports that he could still get it done if given the chance.

“I can play in the NFL today,” he said. “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 said he is not actually planning a comeback, though he was supposedly eyeing a return a little over three years ago when he was 48. His point seemed to be that NFL running backs today split carries so much that the physical toll on their bodies isn’t nearly as severe. He’s right in a way, but the average career of a running back is still incredibly short.

As Jarrett Bell of USA Today Sports noted, Walker is a guy whose training regimen once included 1,500 push-ups and 3,500 sit-ups per day. He was quick to point out that he remains undefeated in his MMA career, though his last fight was in 2011.

“Hey, I’m 2-0,” Walker said.

We admire Walker’s confidence and his desire to bring some media attention to himself, but an athlete over the age of 50 simply wouldn’t last in the NFL. It just doesn’t make sense physically.

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Herschel Walker Interested in Wrestling too

Herschel Walker won his second career MMA fight in January despite being 48 years old (he turned 49 on March 3rd). The legendary athlete won the Heisman Trophy at Georgia in 1982, was a two-time USFL rushing leader, had half a team traded for him in the NFL, and is now a good MMA fighter. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention he also was an Olympics bobsledder. But if you thought he’d be slowing down at all this late in life, you were wrong. If and when his MMA career ends, he may consider a future in wrestling in addition to the comeback he’s considered in football.

Walker was backstage at Raw on Monday night in Dallas as a guest of Mark Henry. In an interview with WWE.com via Wrestle Newz, Walker said he’s been a wrestling fan for years. “I watched wrestling before I even knew what football was. In fact, I always wanted to be a wrestler. … I’ve watched these guys for a long time and I respect them a great deal,” Walker said. “If Vince McMahon wants me in there, then maybe I could do it.”

Maybe he was playing to the audience somewhat, but Walker also said that he watches Monday Night Raw over Monday Night Football during the season. It sure sounds like he’s a dedicated fan. Now if you’re wondering if it could work, I think so. Walker is a superhuman God. He is a rare physical specimen and he captures my attention no matter what he’s doing. Throw him in any ring and I’m watching.

Herschel Walker Eyes NFL Comeback

Leading up to his second professional MMA fight on Saturday, Herschel Walker expressed that he wants make a comeback to the NFL. The 48-year-old, who last played for the Cowboys in 1997, came back into the spotlight a year ago when he dominated his first MMA fight against Greg Nagy.

It sounds like the 1982 Heisman Trophy winner is just trying to bring some media attention to his upcoming fight against Scott Carson, but if anyone could do it Walker looks like the guy. His workouts are legendary. He says he has never lifted weights, but instead uses isometric exercises like push-ups, pull-ups and sit-ups. He reportedly does thousands of reps of each exercise every day, and it shows in his physique. The picture to the right is of a 47-year-old Walker, and he looks to be in better shape than most men half his age.

Walker reportedly would like to play for either the Vikings or the Falcons, but both teams seem to be set at running back. One of his former teams — the Cowboys — might be able to use him, however. I’m not saying he could come back and light it up, but given the shape he’s in I wouldn’t be surprised if he could at least make a roster. I’d certainly tune in to watch a guy who’s nearly half-a-century old suit up. Sadly, this is probably just a publicity stunt by a guy trying desperately to keep his name in the news.

Video: Herschel Walker Wins MMA Debut in Fight with Greg Nagy

Although Herschel Walker is 12 years past the ending of his football career, Saturday evening marked the beginning of his new career: fighting in MMA. Walker made his mixed martial arts debut on the Strikeforce Miami card, taking on Greg Nagy. Walker was in incredible shape — as always — and he dominated almost every step of the way, scoring a third round TKO. With all the publicity leading up to the fight, no doubt football fans were curious to see how Herschel would fair in his debut. Check out the Herschel Walker/Greg Nagy fight video to see for yourself:

The next video has the second and third round action for your enjoyment. Walker certainly seemed robotic at first but he definitely dominated the entire round. The best part was his salsa music rump shake.

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