You go, Herschel! (and please do better than Canseco)

So come on -- who doesn't have abs like this at 47?

So come on -- who doesn't have abs like this at 47?

Evander Holyfield is 47. He’s still climbing into a ring. He looks like a cartoon.

Herschel Walker is 47. He’s also climbing into a ring. He just looks cool.

It took a little while but I think I finally figured out the difference. Holyfield is still trying to hang on to a boxing career that has long been comatose. Walker left his career long ago. He isn’t running with a football at 47. He’s just looking for an outlet for that same competitive gene that drove him on the field.

You’ve probably heard by now that Walker will be competing in his first MMA event next Saturday in Miami. I have no problem with it whatsoever. He’s long been one of my favorite athletes, and certainly the only one who I’ve ever spoken to during three completely different vocations: 1) football player; 2) Olympic bobsledder; 3) frozen food manufacturer. (That is how you define versatility.)

Some former athletes can’t stand being off stage, and they come off looking like a clown, orchestrating stories to stay in the public eye. With Walker, you get the feeling he jumped into mixed-martial arts because it’s really something he wants to do.

“People always say what you can’t do instead of what you can,” Walker said at a recent news conference in Miami. “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Sometimes  you have to set your ego aside. I missed Christmas and New Year’s [while training]. You can tell I’m serious, because I love Santa Claus.”

And no, I’m not going to be the one to tell him.

He is 6-1, 216 pounds and has 4 percent body fat. He is a sixth-degree black belt. I find it difficult to believe he is going to embarrass himself.

At the very least, Walker will perform far better than Jose Canseco did in his MMA debut. And if you can’t remember that train wreck, here’s the video of Canseco vs. Hong Man Choi last May.

91 comments Add your comment

Crosby

January 23rd, 2010
8:05 am

Crosby

January 23rd, 2010
8:08 am

Which personality is fighting again?

Go Dawgs

January 23rd, 2010
8:10 am

Go Dawgs

January 23rd, 2010
8:10 am

The one that kicks FL a**

Burdell

January 23rd, 2010
8:12 am

Go Herschel!! Get ‘er done!

Sugar Dog

January 23rd, 2010
8:15 am

TommyGator

January 23rd, 2010
8:15 am

Herschel looks great. Even as a Gator, I have always admired Herschel’s game.

One thing, though. He has 47 year old reflexes. If your opponent hits you before you see him move, you are in deep brown water. Tonight will tell that tale.

Spike

January 23rd, 2010
8:17 am

Boy you guys are quick. Sixth. Does Herschel have any elgibility left? Just askin’.

ed

January 23rd, 2010
8:21 am

47, hell who has abs like that at 17. sleeps 4 hrs a night and eats one meal a day. He has always been a freak of nature. Good luck 34!!!

Goldtimer

January 23rd, 2010
8:26 am

Herschel is overrated, Eddie Lee Ivery was a much better RB that never got the love he deserved.

Goldtimer

January 23rd, 2010
8:28 am

10th and 11th BTW

Dawg1970

January 23rd, 2010
8:32 am

Herschel,My orthopedist told me a few yrs ago after I became a regular
visitor at his office, “There come’s a time when you have to give up
certain sports” Have you thought about golf? Keep your hands up and
good luck to you. And thanks for ALL the great memories.

Dap01

January 23rd, 2010
8:51 am

I know Herchel, he is the best. Good luck to the greatest college back of all time!

TommyJack

January 23rd, 2010
8:51 am

Outlet for the competitive gene? More likely outlet for the ego. Some guys can’t stand not being in the limelight. Give it a rest, Huschel.

FBR

January 23rd, 2010
8:52 am

Goldtimer—-Eddie Lee Ivery???—-I can’t stop laughing–I can’t, I can’t. At least make an entry with some validity!!!

UA Alum92

January 23rd, 2010
8:57 am

You can look like that eating at Zaxby’s? YEAH!!! My new diet begins today!

UA Alum92

January 23rd, 2010
9:04 am

I had forgotten that Herschel was only an 18-year-old freshman during the NC season of 1980. Also hard to believe that was 29+ years ago.

Krogunner

January 23rd, 2010
9:13 am

May want to think about growing up a little Herschel and take up golf or something. Still laying down challenges to Spurrier and other 60 plus year old guys?

Here's hoping

January 23rd, 2010
9:15 am

Had to laugh out loud on the,”no I’m not going to be the one to tell him”. Funny stuff!

Tom, Resident Georgia Fan

January 23rd, 2010
9:21 am

Goldtimer: Atlanta has some fine neurologists. Make an appointment with one.

Krogunner

January 23rd, 2010
9:36 am

Somehow thinking that when Tebow is 47 he will be a Senator or something more along those lines.

Reid Adair

January 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

I agree with you, Jeff. Evander Holyfield’s situation is, quite frankly, sad. But Herschel Walker? That’s entirely different. I hope he does well Saturday night.

EB

January 23rd, 2010
9:52 am

My God! A freshman!

UGAFan

January 23rd, 2010
9:54 am

You go, Tom!

UGAFan

January 23rd, 2010
9:56 am

Krogunner, I’m thinking a minister of a very large church in Gainsville …

Krogunner

January 23rd, 2010
10:06 am

GTFan

January 23rd, 2010
10:23 am

Canseco is a meathead idiot. But, in his defense, his opponent in that fight was an absolute monster that I wouldn’t fight with an M1 Abrahms tank.

Dr. Phil

January 23rd, 2010
10:24 am

Eddie Lee Ivory was sentenced to serve a jail term in Green Bay for drinking and driving without a license. He drove to jail in his Mercedes and was arrested again.

GaDawgFan

January 23rd, 2010
10:24 am

He isn’t looking for the spotlight or trying to boost his ego he is just a freak of nature and needs challenges. It is unreal the shape that he is in… For the slow reflexes comment earlier I wouldn’t test him and I bet you wouldn’t either!

athensdawg

January 23rd, 2010
10:25 am

I wonder what Ochocinco, TO, MV and Meangelo will be doing when they are 47……

falcon71

January 23rd, 2010
10:27 am

big dawg will eat Sat nite

Dawgdad

January 23rd, 2010
10:27 am

What happened to the FBI career?

Lumpkin Street Larry

January 23rd, 2010
10:46 am

We are frree to do anything, aren’t we? Even to make a fool of ourselves.

chipperdawg

January 23rd, 2010
10:51 am

If memory serves me correctly, he was already a blackbelt while at UGA. The guy has been doing this for a LONG time. I expect he’ll be very good in his debut. And , to the guy who said he’s overrated- are you kidding me?! Hands down, the greatest college running back of all time!!! Could out run most and run through the ones who got lucky enough to get a lick on him. Almost NEVER tackled one on one.

Ted

January 23rd, 2010
10:58 am

Does anyone know any thing about this guy Greg Nagy he is fighting? Other then his 1-1 record. Is he a patsy, or what?

Ted

January 23rd, 2010
11:01 am

I saw Holfield fight that 7′ Russian guy. EH was robbed, he won and looked pretty good.

Andrew

January 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

“Go Herschel!! Get ‘er done!” Really ? ! Quit feeding the stereotype.

Ted

January 23rd, 2010
11:16 am

Jeff,

When is the weigh in for Herschel’s fight?

Denver Dog

January 23rd, 2010
11:19 am

I loved Herschel Walker, the MMA? I don’t care, but good luck to him!

Larry

January 23rd, 2010
11:20 am

Anyone know the broadcasting setup for this fight? Cable? PPV? I dont normally watch this stuff but I will check this out if its free.

jimmy

January 23rd, 2010
11:25 am

mr. walker will learn that taking a punch at 47 isn’t like taking one at 27 i hope he kicks butt

Sandman

January 23rd, 2010
11:30 am

I’ve known Herschel for several years and he’s the real deal! Herschel is a little concerned but he’s in fantastic shape! He will be be just fine next Saturday.

Ted

January 23rd, 2010
11:35 am

Its on ShowTime for “free”. At least I’m pretty sure.

Larry

January 23rd, 2010
11:38 am

Showtime for free?

wut?

Ted

January 23rd, 2010
11:43 am

I mean its free if you subscribe to Showtime, hence the “”

Pi$$onaDAWG

January 23rd, 2010
11:53 am

If my woman wanted “WALKER MY DAWG” for sex I guess I would say YES. This 43 yr.old body don’t look like that.

BigGAdawg

January 23rd, 2010
12:06 pm

I think Goldtimer is Eddie Lee Ivery. Either that or he has been smoking some of that GT gold.
The only college player I can think of who really belongs in the same class with Herschel is Bo Jackson. And I wonder how many others have kept in such condition.
Amazing thing is that he was never a weight lifter. He just did lots of sprints, pushups and situps/crunches by the thousands. That plus his martial arts of course.

DirtyDawg

January 23rd, 2010
12:20 pm

I’d rather we/he work to have the NCAA restore that one remaining year of eligibility so that Herschel can establish an all-time rushing record, and SEC touchdown, that will never, ever be broken. Let’s say that anybody over 45, regardless if they played professionally, that would have had any time remaining on his original deal, can petition the NCAA and return…how’s that for an outlet for his competitive juices? Of course, just to be contrary, he would probably come back and play at Clemson or something.

Hillbilly Deluxe

January 23rd, 2010
1:15 pm

Once upon a time I knew a guy who had been a defensive back at Tennessee (not Bill Bates). When I first found out he had played there, I asked him what years he played. When he told me, I said, “So you played against Herschel?”. His answer, “That’s the only (censored) that ever ran over me”. The guy I was talking to was a good sized man too, bigger than the average DB of that time.

SuperB

January 23rd, 2010
1:40 pm

What a stupid, inhumane sport. However, a sixth-degree black belt (Walker) will probably kick the crap out of somebody. Either way– I ain’t watching.