Strikeforce's Herschel Walker Considering Return To Legendary Football Career

Andrew GladstoneCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2011

Earlier this week on the Strikeforce media call, football legend Herschel Walker indicated that his passion for football still burns deep within.

Walker currently is 48 and has shown no signs of slowing down at his age. Just the fact that he's willing to venture into a brand new sport and adapt the same work ethic and eagerness to learn MMA right now speaks volumes.

“In football, I don’t think I was as sore as when I’m training in MMA," Walker said on the media call. "When I first started doing this training I’ve never been this sore in my whole life. My body had to get adapted to it. Even now that I’ve been training for awhile I’m still really sore.

"I think I’m a better conditioned athlete right now than I was when I was playing. I’m 48 now and I’m in better shape now than I was in my early 20s playing football.”

Walker indicated that with his conditioning and unorthodox diet that if he can maintain the shape he's in, he will make a return to football.

“Every nutritionist in the world is going to tell me that I’m crazy," said Walker. "I eat one meal a day. I don’t eat red meat. I eat a salad or soup. Most every nutritionists say you can’t do this or you can’t do that.

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"My thing is that I’ve been doing this for 20-something years. I’m not just doing it because I’m an MMA fighter. I was doing it when I was playing football. And it works for me. I’m not going to say it works for everyone. The reason why my diet works for me is because I’ve been doing it a long time.

"I eat that one meal around 8 or 9 at night.  My body has adjusted to it.  I don't think about food.  I don't want to say that because I want everyone to go out and buy Herschel's chicken, the best chicken in the world.  But I just don't eat a lot.

"I know I could play football when I’m 50 if I stay in the shape I’m in. Right now people ask me if I think I could play today. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind I could play football and help out a team today. If I could fit it into my schedule I would do it. There is a 100 percent guarantee that today I could help a football team out.”

Being from the south, Walker would love a chance to represent his home state.  If all goes according to plan, Walker would love to be an addition to the Atlanta Falcons. 

“I’d say either Minnesota or Atlanta," he said. "Probably Atlanta the most since it’s home for me. Being a Georgia boy and all. It’s just home for me." 


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