Herschel Walker Biography

Herschel Walker

Quick Facts Of Herschel Walker

Celebrated Name Herschel Walker
Age 58 Years
Nick Name The Great Train Robbery
Birth Name Herschel Walker
Birth Date 1962-03-03
Gender Male
Profession Former Football Player
Birth Nation United States
Place Of Birth Wrightsville, Georgia
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American
Horoscope Pisces
Father Willis Walker
Mother Christine Walker
Siblings 6
High School Johnson County High School
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Married and Divorced
Wife Cindy DeAngelis Grossma(Ex)
Net Worth $40 million
Height 5ft. 8inch
Weight 90kg(198 lbs)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown

Herschel Walker is an American former professional football player, bobsledder, sprinter, and mixed martial artist, who is well known as the consecutive 3 times winner of the All-American honors and the winner of the 1982 Heisman Trophy. Having started his professional football career with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League(USFL), Walker went on to play in several other popular clubs including Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants.

Walker has also been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999 and also became known as "The Great Train Robbery", setting the record for the largest trade in league history in 1989. He was named the best college football running back of all time and was selected as the third greatest player in college football history by ESPN. 

Besides, Walker is a supporter of President Donald Trump whom he praised and defended his call for professional athletes to stand for the national anthem during a speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday, August 24, 2020

What is Herschel Walker Famous for?

  • Famous as a former Professional Football Player. 

Where was Herschel Walker Born?

Herschel Walker was born on March 3, 1962, in Wrightsville, Georgia, United States. His birth name is Herschel Walker. His nationality is American. Walker belongs to African-American ethnicity while Pisces is his zodiac sign. 

Herschel was born as one of the seven children in his blue-collar family, to Willis Walker(father) and Christine Walker(mother). His mother taught and inspired him to become confident in his life as he was overweight and had a speech impediment when he was a child and her mother taught him not to make those excuses in life. 

He was raised in Wrightsville along with his 6 siblings where he attended Johnson County High School in Wrightsville. While in high school, he played football, basketball, and competed in track, playing for the Johnson County Trojans high school football team from 1976 to 1979. He was even awarded the first Dial Award as 1979 National High School Scholar-Athlete of the year. With his rush of 3,167, he helped his team to win their first state championship. 

He was a three-time All-American honored player and winner of the college football's highest honor, 1982 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award. In 1999, Walker was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and is considered one of college football's greatest players. He was the most coveted high school football player in the country before agreeing to attend Georgia. He played a major role in helping Georgia avoid a defeat that year and win the national championship with a victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. 

Later, Walker earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Georgia.

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Herschel Walker's Career Highlights

  • Herschel Walker began his professional career signing with the United States Football League(USFL) New Jersey Generals in 1983. Walker won the USFL rushing title in 1983 and 1985.
  • Walker then was selected in the fifth round to the Dallas Cowboys in the 1985 NFL Draft and was signed in 1986. He moved to the fullback, becoming the second Heisman backfield tandem in NFL history. 
  • Walker established himself as a premier NFL running back in 1988, becoming a one-man offense, with his NFL career highs. 
  • In the process, of becoming few players to amass more than 2,000 combined rushing, he achieved two consecutive Pro Bowls (1987 and 1988).
  • At the height of his NFL career, the Cowboys traded Walker to the Minnesota Vikings in 1989.
  • Walker had an incredible debut against the Green Bay Packers producing the best rushing game in the club's history. 

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  • He joined the bobsled program of the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, earning a berth in the 1992 Winter Olympics. 
  • After three seasons in Minnesota, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Walker in 1992, which he made his best season as a pro since 1988. In 1994 he became the first NFL player to have one-play gains of 90 or more yards rushing, receiving and kick-returning in a single season. 
  • He spent three seasons in Philadelphia, then was signed by the New York Giants to a three-year contract in 1995 as a third-down back. 
  • Walker finished his football career with the team that he started his NFL career with, the Cowboys. 
  • In 1996, he rejoined the team as a kickoff return specialist and third-down back and retired at the end of the 1997 season. 
  • His combined rushing numbers for the USFL and the NFL places him 5th all-time on the NFL's career rushing list. 
  • In 1999, he was selected to Sports Illustrated's NCAA Football All-Century Team.
  • Walker competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, as a member of the United States' bobsleigh team. 

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  • In November 2007, Walker appeared on the HDNet show, "Inside MMA" as a guest. 
  • On January 30, 2010, Walker made his MMA debut defeating Greg Nagy via technical knock-out due to strikes at Strikeforce: Miami. 
  • While a member of the Dallas Cowboys, he danced with the Fort Worth Ballet for a single performance in 1988. 
  • He also has won back-to-back American Superstars competitions in 1987 and 1988.
  • Walker also has won season 3 of "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off", a reality TV cooking show on the Food Network. 
  •  In 2019, Walker was appointed Co-Chair of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition

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Who is Herschel Walker's Wife?

Herschel Walker has been married just once to date. Waler's first marriage was with his college sweetheart, Cindy DeAngelis Grossman. He married Grossma in 1983 and even shares a son named Christian. Christian was а соmреtіtіvе сhееrlеаdеr at thе Wоrld Сhаmріоn Ѕріrіt оf Техаѕ Rоуаltу аt thе UЅАЅF Wоrld Сhаmріоnѕhір іn thе уеаr 2016. Іn 2018, Сhrіѕtіаn wоn wіth thе Сhееr Аthlеtісѕ Сhееtаhѕ аnd wаѕ аlѕо а trасk аthlеtе bасk іn hіgh ѕсhооl. 

The couple was together for over 19 years until they got divorced in 2002. Walker resides in Westlake, Texas, with his faith as a devout Christian. Besides, he has supported President Donald Trump in the 2016 and 2020 elections. On August 25, 2020, Walker praised President Trump’s character and defended his call for professional athletes to stand for the national anthem during a speech at the Republican National Convention on Monday, August 24, 2020. 
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What is the Net Worth of Herschel Walker?

Herschel Walker has quite good earnings from his professional career as a football player. Having started his professional started career since 1983, Walker has come up a long way leading as one of the greatest players in college football history. With all of his matches and draft, Walker has undoubtedly managed to amass a healthy fortune in million worth which is estimated to be around $15 million. 

How Tall is Herschel Walker?

Herschel Walker is a good looking man in his 50s. With his bold personality and his football techniques, Walker has managed to win several hearts all around the US. He stands tall with a height of 6ft. 1inch.(1.85m)  while his body weighs around 100kg(220lbs).

He has a well-built athletic body physique which he has maintained since he was in high school as at that time he used to do 2000 push-ups a day. He is known for his unorthodox training and dieting methods as he sleeps five hours a night and eats only one meal which includes soup, bread, and salads a day (skipping breakfast and lunch)

He has a dark complexion with bald hair and brown eyes.