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.
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