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

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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.

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