In the late 1980′s, Dallas Cowboys running back Herschel Walker was the teams’ lone shining star during some very difficult seasons. And it was the trade of Walker to the Minnesota Vikings five games into the 1989 season that sparked three Super Bowl championships by the Cowboys. Nearly 25 years later, Walker believes his play should have landed him in Canton by now.
“Without a doubt in my mind, I should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Walker told twincities.com. “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 played 13 years in the NFL. In that time, he recorded 8,225 rushing yards and 61 rushing touchdowns. Walker also had 512 receptions for 4,859 yards and 21 scores during his career.
Walker currently sits ninth on the NFL’s all-time leaders list in all-purpose yards with 18,168. The two players directly behind him on that list, Marcus Allen and Curtis Martin, have already been elected to the Hall of Fame. On the other hand, #2 (Brian Mitchell), #5 (Tim Brown) and #7 (LaDainain Tomlinson) on that same list have not.
Despite these number, what could be hurting Walker’s chances is the fact he was only elected to the Pro Bowl twice in his long career. And he also only rushed for over 1,000 yards in two of those NFL seasons.
But if you include his USFL numbers, Walker’s election to the Hall is a no-brainer. In three years, he recorded an astounding 5,562 rushing yards. In the 1985 season alone, he rushed for 2,411 yards and 21 touchdowns.
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