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

Could 52-Year Old Herschel Walker Play for The Cowboys Today?


Last week, former Dallas Cowboys running back Herschel Walker made headlines when he told USA Today that he thought he could still play in the NFL. The 52-year old, who is apparently still in great physical condition, thinks he could actually contribute to a professional football team right now due to the diminished role of running backs in today’s NFL.

“I can play in the NFL today. 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.”

Walker is a former Heisman trophy winner who made a wildly successful stop in the USFL before joining the Cowboys in 1986. Many consider his trade from Dallas to the Minnesota Vikings in 1989 the greatest in NFL history. In exchange for the Pro Bowl running back, Dallas got a total five players and six draft picks from the Vikings. The players drafted by the Cowboys using those picks were part of the foundation that allow the team to win three Super Bowls in the early nineties.

After an unsuccessful stint in Minnesota, Walker spent time in both with the Philadelphia Eagles and New Your Giants before landing back in Dallas to end his career. Despite his notoriety, Walker only rushed over 1,000 twice in his 11-year NFL career. So, the thought of him playing at the age of 52 doesn’t exactly garner that much excitement.

And the fact no other player in the history of the NFL has played over the age of 48 further dissuades the possibility of this ever really happening. And Walker has no intention of trying. As a successful businessman in Dallas, Walker really has nothing else to prove. I guess he just wanted the world to know he could do it if he really wanted too.

But what do you think? Could 52-year old Herschel Walker play for the Cowboys today? Even something as simple as 5-10 snaps per game? Place your vote below and feel free to chime in to our community discussion about it in our comments section as well.

Could 52-Year Old Herschel Walker Still Play for The Dallas Cowboys Today?

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  • californy

    Sadly I believe with this team lack of depth, he could actually beat out all but Murray.

  • californy

    Hershel Walker ruin his career by chasing the money. It weird that even at 52 he has yet to catch it, I believe the best place Hershal can help the Cowboys is as a trainer and a camp coach.

  • Earl Robertson

    Lol this has become a long offseason!!!!

  • PaulTX

    Even if the talent is there, at 52 the human body doesn’t work the same as 22 or even 32. Recovery, healing time, and quick twitch decrease. Stamina could still be there, and maybe 80% of strength, but the list ends there.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    61% of fans think he can still play in the NFL at age 52? That tells me something about the fan base.

  • Dubyasee

    Hershel Walker could only play for the Cowboys if the bugs**t crazy owner thought it was a good idea (which it isn’t!). Hershel had serious mental issues which were (are) the undoing of his immense physical gifts. I heartily applauded Jimmy Johnson for trading the problem child that was Hershel and his constant distractions from the Cowboys.

  • John F. Impeduglia

    First of all, we wont know the answer until he actually tries. It would be interesting to see his performance in the non-contact type drills. They could make a reality show out of that alone. I would be concerned about hits to the head, how is vision and brain related function might be affected by helmet to helmet. His size, speed, and work ethic make him a realistic candidate. I wonder if there are tests he could take to see if his body would withstand the punishment. I would love to see him do it and make it.

  • 75NFCWCHailMary

    Yes He COULD!