September 29, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs former player Herschel Walker on the sidelines before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs won 51-44. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Herschel Walker: I can play in NFL today


Former NFL running back Herschel Walker had a remarkable career that lasted over a decade and rushed for over 8,000 yards in his career. He hasn’t played since 1997, but if he wanted to suit up he says he could still play.

“I can play in the NFL today,” Walker told USA Today Sports. “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.”

He makes a valid point about teams going with the running back by committee approach and the slow disappearance of the featured back. Still, the other side of that coin is that teams look at running back’s as expendable pieces now, opting to let veteran runners go and replace them with younger players found in the draft for a much more reasonable price tag. Think about how hard it has been for some veteran players to find a deal at around 30 years old, think anyone would give Walker a chance at 40 much less 52, which is how old he is now.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys

  • SmartThinking

    Apparently, Walker took one too many shots to the head.

  • Earl Robertson

    He seems to have more of a desire to play now then when he was 22

  • baronmwd

    So what is it about older RB’s that makes them not be able to perform? Is it that they loose a step or two, not quite as fast, strong, agile? Or do they loose the vision because the game moves faster around them. If you ignored Walkers age and ran him through the combine then just considered his physical attributes speed, strength, agility, explosiveness he would probably be a top 5 RB drafted.