Herschel Walker says he’s thinking about a comeback

In a move that is either a publicity stunt or proof positive of the perils of concussions, 48-year-old former NFL running back Herschel Walker says that he’s thinking about returning to the field.

“I’ve told everyone that at 50 I might try football again to show people I can do that,” Walker said Monday in a conference call aimed at promoting an MMA event in which he’ll be participating, according to Franklin McNeill of ESPN.com.  “I want to be the George Foreman of football, come back and do that one more time.”

Walker says he’s in better shape now than when he played in the NFL.  “I’m a much better-conditioned athlete now than when I was playing football,” Walker said. “I’m 48 and in better shape now than I was when I was in my early 20s, playing football.”

And he already has his two teams selected.

“The two teams I would come back to play for are Minnesota or Atlanta,” Walker said. “It would probably be Atlanta because that’s home for me.”

This time around, the Vikings presumably could get Walker for slightly less than they gave up to secure his services 21-plus years ago.

Though he likely won’t be playing football any time soon, he’ll be engaging in his second MMA fight on Saturday night in California, 52 weeks after Walker made his debut — on the same night and in the same location that Jets coach Rex Ryan fired off a $50,000 middle finger to Dolphins fans.

59 responses to “Herschel Walker says he’s thinking about a comeback

  1. I think “delusional” is the word you’re looking for here.

  2. Teams have tryouts every year…
    All he has to do is show up…..
    Maybe his mind is writing checks his a$$ can’t cash…
    Maybe not……

  3. I would love it if were to try-out for the Falcons or Vikings, and blow them away, and sign a contract, and make it through final cuts, and rush for 800 yards and 6 TDs.

  4. There’s nothing wrong with playing contact sports in your mid to late 40’s, especially if you need a paycheck!

    Signed, Evander Holyfield

  5. Didn’t Jim Brown talk about a comeback when Payton took his all time rushing records in the mid 80s?
    Maybe Walker has a 20-something alter personality. Maybe one of them is a young Jim Brown.

  6. Hersh’s wife says he has to finish cleaning up the garage like he promised when he retired, before he can think of making a comeback.

  7. Dude runs a 4.35 40 and still does 2500 situps and 2500 pushups every morning – BEFORE he starts working out for the day

    I know that no NFL team would sign him, but don’t doubt the man that he could play if given the chance

  8. I doubt we’ll see Walker in the NFL–especially not in Minnesota. But I would love to see him working out with the rest of this year’s hopefuls at the Combine. If he’s serious about being in better shape now than when he played, let’s see his numbers.

  9. He has a better shot at playing for Donald Trump’s New Jersey Generals 30 year USFL reunion tour than he does of making an NFL squad.

  10. running backs are done by 34 max, usually by 31, 32. but 48? nope. just a publicity thing. its a shame Hershel wasn’t around nowadays, he deserves big money unlike many first round busts we’ve seen.

  11. If Herschel wants to be the George Foreman of the NFL, then he should forget about sports and go hawk kitchen appliances on TV. It’s over dude.

  12. Herschel is a freak, but someone has to stop him before he hurts himself. Jim Brown convinced himself that he still had it and embarrassed himself on a stupid made for TV showdown with Franco Harris.

  13. I would love to see him try. I really hope he can pull it off. It would be the most amazing thing I have ever seen.

  14. Let me get this straight, you couldn’t continue doing this when you were 30, but now you want to do it when you’re almost 50??

  15. for those of you all who dont know. Herschel Walker is in the best shape of his life. google him, check out how great of shape he is in! he’s in better shape than those half of his age that are in the NFL right now. Not to mention his workout routine for decades has not indluded weights, thus preserving his body, bones, and joints. Dont think he’s just some washed up old ex athlete. Im not saying he will come back and lead the NFL in rushing…but like coachstram said….if any body can, it would be Herschel Walker.

  16. First of all, it was a joke.

    But he was on a conference call, promoting his MMA event. MMA is that sport that NFL players dabble with to get in shape. This old guy is winning MMA matches!

    Here’s my take (If this was Jim Rome, and I lived in a city that actually gets his show):

    If Herchel Walker would like to play fullback for a team, he will play fullback for a team. He’s going to come into camp in shape, he’s got a new MMA motor and he’s cheap.

  17. I am a big Herschel fan, but it is just getting silly now. I wish he would find something in a front office somewhere befitting his fame and settle nicely into it. He doesn’t need to prove anything. But what he is proving is that some guys never quite transition from star athlete to just a guy. Maybe even some roles in some B flicks like Ahnolt. He is still cut.

  18. If there’s one 48 year old on the planet who can compete, it’s Herschel. IF he really runs a 4.35, it’s possible he could have an impact. However, he’s in for a rude awakening when he gets wacked crossing the line of scrimmage. That’s the true test.

    How will he react? We can’t forget that despite all our criticism, these guys are in a class all by themselves. They’re half Herschel’s age, just as fast, strong and mentally trained to play the game. The game has changed significantly since he put pads on.

    who knows? I’d love to see it.

  19. 4skins will take him. they take all the washed up big names to sell tickets etc so weasel boy can line his pockets for another last place finish…whoa….whoa…whoa…

    where are all those chump fans anyway talking trash that my boys suck etc….who finished last again chumps? LMFAO!!!!!!

  20. You guys joking on Hershel are just mad because YOU couldn’t play in the NFL at 20 something! Have you seen the shape that this guy is in? I’m not saying he could be an every down back, but I think he is in good enough shape to at least give it a try.

  21. If he is in great shape that’s great. But putting on pads and getting the snot beaten out of you playing football are 2 different things.

    If he wants to make a comeback he has that right. Be a walk on somewhere. If he outshines the young guys sobeit. If not, at least he tried.

    There is nothing hurt by him trying out for a squad. Believe me, the young guys on the field will do everything in their power to put him out. If he can pass that test then he deserves it.

  22. He was one the best college backs ever but a an average NFL back in his 20’s. I’d love to see him try just for the whole crazy factor it would be interesting to see how far he got. Maybe the Vikes can get him back and trade him to Dallas for Troy Aikman.

    I can see it now Viking fans saving their Meth habit money buying a Biilboard in Atlanta Ziggy willing to overpay a has been and fueling up his Jet, and Frazier puckering his lips and cleaning out his SUV for the ride from the Airport to the Viking facilities
    After camp of course
    Hey Favre, and Lesnar Brought them Superbowls why not Walker

  24. He should sign with the Vikings if only to sell a few more tickets for that last place team.

    But I prefer to look on the bright side, at least the Vikings don’t have to trade away 3 first rounders and 3 second round draft picks…….again. Just by sheer contrast, they will look like football geniuses. Which is hard to do when your franchise is 50 years old and your trophy case is bare.

  25. Herschel was my favorite player growing up. He is in tremendous shape, for any age. He has said that if MMA was available when he was playing football he would have chosen to do that. So I doubt he is seriously going to make an attempt to return to the NFL. IF he does it would just be to show people he can, his heart would not be in it.

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