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Herschel Walker

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Biography:

Heisman Trophy winner and all-around athlete Herschel Walker is a former elite running back for the University of Georgia. Herschel was a 3-time All-American in football and track at UGA before enjoying a successful career in the NFL. In 1999, Herschel was selected as a member of the NCAA Football All-Century Team by Sports Illustrated and is regarded at ESPN as the 3rd greatest college football player in history. Some may not know that the NCAA Hall of Famer lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder. He has lead efforts to change the conversation about mental health through keynote speaking engagements and appearances in which he shares his personal experience with the disease. Aside from personal appearances, Herschel has been utilized as a celebrity spokesperson for a variety of products. In 2014 he appeared in a TV spot advertising Time Warner Cable with fellow football greats Doug Flutie, Joe Montana and Bo Jackson. That same year he also appeared in a TV commercial campaign paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

It’s hard to believe that a man as well-spoken and physically fit as Sports Speaker Herschel struggled with a speech impediment and weight issues as a child. His parents encouraged him not to use these issues as excuses and taught him the values of living life on your own terms. Herschel spent 3 years at UGA, earning All-American honors in each and his Heisman Trophy his junior year in 1982. He is the only player ever to finish in the top 3 in voting for the Heisman Trophy in all 3 of his collegiate seasons.

His professional career in the NFL spanned from 1986-1997, with 5 different NFL teams first with the Dallas Cowboys and then the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants. He returned to Dallas for his final season in 1996. He was an all-around athlete and football just wasn’t enough for him. In 1992 he was a member of the United States Olympic Bobsled team and more recently experimented with mixed martial arts. Herschel won his only 2 official MMA fights in 2010 and 2011 under the MMA production company Strikeforce in their heavyweight division.

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