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BuffsIn2019

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It’s Herschel Walker Day for the Rocky Mountain Showdown


#19 multi-sport athlete.

Who is the greatest college football player of all time? Herschel Walker can make a great case. He finished in the top three of the Heisman Trophy voting in each of his three seasons at the University of Georgia.

Walker rushed for 1,616, 1,891 and 1,841 yards, respectively, for the Bulldogs. He won the Heisman as a junior, and probably should have as a freshman, when South Carolina's George Rogers won it, but freshmen just didn't win the Heisman in that different time.

(I won't argue against Marcus Allen winning the Heisman in 1981, Walker's sophomore season.)

Certainly few freshmen ever impacted a college team as Walker did in 1980. In 1979, when Walker was a senior at Johnson County (Ga.) High School, the Bulldogs went a pedestrian 6-5 and didn't even go to a bowl game.

With Walker in 1980, Georgia went 12-0 and won the national championship.

He also was an All-America sprinter at Georgia, with best times of 9.3 in the 100-yard dash and 10.11 in the 100 meters.

In those days, college players couldn't go to the NFL until after their senior seasons. Enter the USFL. Walker signed with the New Jersey Generals after his junior year at UGA. The Generals were coached by Chuck Fairbanks, formerly at Oklahoma, the New England Patriots and CU. Then after Walker's first season in the USFL, the Generals were bought by a guy who now is president of the United States.

This same guy is primarily responsible for destroying the USFL, but that's another story.

Anyway, during Walker's third and final season in the USFL, he rushed for a whopping 2,411 yards, which remains the all-time record for a professional football player.

He went on to rush for more than 8,000 yards in the NFL, and nearly 14,000 total between the two pro leagues. Ridiculously, Walker is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

But there's more.

In 1992, Walker became a U.S. Olympian. He was the brakeman on a two-man bobsled team that finished ninth in the Winter Games in Albertville, France.

On deck: "I don't believe what I just saw!"
[Post edited by BuffsIn2019 at 08/11/2019 02:19AM]

Posted: 08/11/2019 at 12:05AM



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