Hershel Walker Says He Could Play in NFL Today, Even at Age 52

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Friday, 25 Apr 2014 09:26 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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At 52, former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star Hershel Walker told USA Today he could still line up behind the quarterback and take handoffs in the professional football league.

Walker's bold statement reminded people when long retired star Jim Brown threatened to play for the Oakland Raiders in a Sports Illustrated cover story back in 1983.

"I can play in the NFL today," said Walker  "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."

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Walker made a name for himself not only on the field, but also for his tough workouts that included 1,500 push-ups and 3,500 sit-ups per day during his playing days. After his playing career ended, he went into mixed martial arts and won his only two MMA bouts, noted USA Today.

He rushed for 8,225 yards during an NFL career that ran from 1986 to 1997, most of those with the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings. Walker initially rejected the NFL after winning the Heisman Trophy in 1982 to join the Donald Trump's New Jersey Generals of the upstart United States Football League, according to NBC Sports.

Walker told USA Today he supported Trump's interest in the Buffalo Bills and that he would be good for the team and NFL, comparing him to his former boss, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

"He would be a great owner, and a credible owner," Walker said of Trump. "People can think what they want to think about Jerry Jones – he's a terrible general manager, but he’s a great owner. He has done a tremendous job in marketing his team to keep it relevant. I think that’s the same thing Donald Trump would do with the Buffalo Bills."

Trump has spoken publicly about wanting to own the Bills after the death of former owner Ralph Wilson in March, while fighting off rumors that he would move the team to Los Angeles or Toronto.

"I live in New York, and it's easier for me to go to Buffalo than any other place," Trump said earlier this month. "Where am I going to move it, some place on the other side of the country, where I have to travel for five hours?"

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