As unlikely as it is that Herschel Walker would be getting in the cage this weekend at the age of 48, it’s even more unlikely that he would ever step back on football in an NFL uniform, yet like his pro fighting career, that’s something he’s actually considering doing.
“I’ve told everyone that at 50 I might try football again to show people I can do that,” Walker said on Monday during a conference call to promote his upcoming fight. “I want to be the George Foreman of football, come back and do that one more time… The two teams I would come back to play for are Minnesota or Atlanta. It would probably be Atlanta because that’s home for me. I’m a Georgia boy. That’s just home… I’m a much better-conditioned athlete now than when I was playing football. I’m 48 and in better shape now than I was when I was in my early 20s, playing football.”
If it was anyone else I would probably laugh, but with Herschel Walker, who knows. At 48, he’s in better shape the most of the US population could ever hope to be. I imagine playing running back in the NFL for one season would cause more wear and tear on your body than a year training in MMA, but Walker would certainly know better than most if his body is up to it. If nothing else, I wouldn’t put it past him to try.