Herschel Walker Wins Heisman Trophy
The seventh junior to win the Heisman Trophy - the 6'1", 222 lb.
versatile athlete amassed an unbelievable 5,097 yards rushing (an NCAA record for yards rushing in three seasons). He exploded for whopping 5.3 yards per carry. He led the Bulldogs to a National Championship and an amazing three-year record of 32 wins and only 2 losses. Herschel signed with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League.
Herschel was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1999.
Herschel Walker of Georgia and John Elway of Stanford ran one-two in all six sections as they dominated the voting. College football's "Year of the Quarterback" produced five in the top 10 finishers.
Herschel Junior Walker (born March 3, 1962) is a former American football running back in the United States Football League for the New Jersey Generals and in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and the New York Giants.
Walker attended and played college football at the University of Georgia, where he was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 1982. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
In college football, he played running back for the University of Georgia, where he was an All-American and won the 1982 Heisman Trophy. Walker was successful even in his freshman season in 1980, setting the NCAA freshman rushing record and finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting while helping Georgia go undefeated, capping the National Championship season with a win over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. He would go on to win the Heisman in 1982, his junior year. In 1999, Walker was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.
Herschel Walker was born in Augusta, Georgia and grew up outside of Wrightsville, Georgia. For the first eleven years of his life, Herschel Walker showed little interest in sports; he preferred reading books and writing poetry. At age 12, however, he began a crash exercise program. Over the next year, he did 100,000 push-ups, 100,000 sit-ups and sprinted thousands of miles.
In high school, Walker played football and basketball and competed in track and field. He scored a record-breaking 85 touchdowns as a running back.and led his teams to state championships in both football and track, while maintaining an A average.
Herschel Walker participated in the 1980 Academy of Achievement program as the valedictorian of his class and the most sought-after high school football player in the nation.
At the University of Georgia, Walker set an NCAA freshman rushing record and helped capture the national collegiate football title. He earned consensus All-American honors three consecutive years, set 10 NCAA records, 15 Southeast Conference records, 30 Georgia all-time records, and capped a sensational college career by earning the 1982 Heisman Trophy in his junior year.
In 1983, Walker gave up his final year of collegiate eligibility and turned professional, joining the New Jersey Generals of the short-lived United States Football League. Walker dominated the league, earning Most Valuable Player honors and setting the single-season pro football rushing record (2411 yards). After his first pro season, he finished his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Georgia.