A living legend of the gridiron, Herschel Walker was a phenomenal athlete both during college football where he was awarded with the Heisman Trophy, and as a professional where he earned Pro-Bowl honors on two separate occasions.
However, anyone familiar with Walker’s history as a commentator during the old school Tough Man Championships would know of Herschel’s longstanding interest in the fighting arts . Outside of his achievements on the football field, Walker has earned a black belt in Taekwondo, along with having spent time training in both Kenpo and Muay-Thai.
“I’ve been training for several years,” said Walker in a press release issued through Strikeforce following the announcement of his signing with the organization earlier this afternoon. “I would play college football games on Saturday and then compete in martial arts tournaments on Sunday after church I’m now looking forward to opening up another chapter in my life and to competing in MMA.”
At forty-seven years of age, the former NFL running back knows he will have his fair share of sceptics that will doubt his decision to begin professional fighting at such a late point in his life. According to Walker, he’ll let his actions do the talking inside of the cage, explaining, “I will go in there and test myself against any 20 year old. I know there will be naysayers and I’m fine with that. I want to prove to people who sit on a couch and don’t do anything but criticize other people that, if you’re a true athlete or martial artist, you’re not old until you can’t get up and walk around anymore. MMA fighters are said to be some of the best athletes in the world, my plan at the age of 47 is to show the world I am still one of the best athletes as well.”