Herschel Walker: Still an Amazing Athlete at Age 48

Matt RudnitskyCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

 Herschel Walker redefines the word "freak."

A Heisman Trophy winner, two-time Pro Bowler, College Football Hall of Famer, undefeated Mixed Martial Artist, track and field star, and Olympic bobsledder, Walker has compiled a list of athletic achievements that would make Jim Thorpe jealous.

And he’s still adding to the list at age 48.

His Mixed Martial Arts career is only a recent development, as he won his first fight in January of this year, 13 years after retiring from football.

At an age where an athlete is someone who can call himself a scratch golfer, Herschel Walker is competing in one of the most physically demanding sports out there.

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Walker even claims to have recently run a 4.35 40-yard dash, which would have tied him for first amongst running backs at this year’s NFL Combine. Just try to Imagine a 48-year-old man tying Jahvid Best in the 40.

The thought itself may seem unfathomable, but Herschel Walker is far from your ordinary athletic freak.

He claims to not lift weights, instead doing something to the tune of 3,500 sit-ups and 1,000 push-ups per day, in addition to pull-ups.

Walker insists that he can go through an entire day of working out without eating or even multiple days, and when he does eat, he is a strict vegetarian.

But I dare you to question his strange workout routine after checking out his pictures in ESPN’s recent "Body Issue."

Walker won the shot put, 100-yard dash, and 200-yard dash state championships while in high school, an incredible feat. He has run the 100 meters in 10.22 seconds, not tremendously far from Olympic-quality numbers.

When you compare the look of a champion shot-putter to that of a champion sprinter, you’ll see how crazy that is for one man to accomplish.

Despite not dominating the NFL as he probably could have (for various reasons, including his battle with Dissociative Identity Disorder), Walker still was a top running back for much of his career, especially while on the Dallas Cowboys.

And during his college years at the University of Georgia, Walker was perhaps the greatest running back in college football history (check out how his insane workouts paid off on this run).

Walker set the NCAA freshman rushing record en route to a national championship in his first year and won the Heisman his junior year.

He made an unprecedented move by leaving college after his junior year to go to the USFL, where he was a two-time rushing champion before moving on to the NFL.

Despite the fact that his football accomplishments are enough to consider him a fantastic athlete, after seeing the rest of his undertakings you can really see how much of a freak he is.

Herschel is a fifth-degree black belt in tae kwon do, and in one of his most random, yet astounding accomplishments, he competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics.

Walker participated in the two-man bobsled, placing seventh.

There doesn’t seem to be anything the man can’t do.

The only thing he’s actually failed at was on the reality show The Celebrity Apprentice, where he finished seventh.

Now, as he tries to conquer the MMA world, he is looking to start another storied sports career from scratch...at the age of 48.

Already 1-0 as a professional fighter, Walker is competing again on Dec. 4 of this year.

If you’ve learned anything about Herschel Walker, you won’t bet against him in that fight.

Or anything, for that matter.