In a recent interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, former NFL running back Herschel Walker asserted that he deserves a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While Walker certainly didn’t have an NFL career equal to what he accomplished while a member of the Georgia Bulldogs — Walker won the 1982 Heisman Trophy and is considered one of the greatest college running backs of all time — he still feels his professional stats speak for themselves:
Without a doubt in my mind, I should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You look at my stats without my USFL stats, and I don’t know how you can argue with that. Look at my combined yards. I’m not one to make excuses, so I’ll play by their rules and not even count the USFL stats.
Walker rushed for 8,255 yards in his NFL career and ranks ninth in NFL history in terms of all-purpose yards (18,168). Before coming to the league in 1986, he spent 1983-85 playing for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL. Walker rushed for 5,259 yards for the now-defunct franchise.
[Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press]