My teenage daughter Olivia has probably always known who Herschel Walker is — she could hardly have grown up in our Bulldog household and not been aware of No. 34.
But until she sat down to watch ESPN’s documentary on Herschel Wednesday night, I don’t think she’d ever paid that much attention to the specifics of his story and just how amazing he really was. After all, his playing days at Georgia were over long before she was born.
She really got into watching the game footage from Herschel’s time at UGA and was amazed to learn he was only 6-feet-1. “He looks so big!”
Reliving those glory days was fun, even for someone who wasn’t around back then. She wanted to know where I watched the Sugar Bowl against Notre Dame and whether I was on my feet and yelling. (She pretty much already knew the answer to that latter part.)
And she particularly enjoyed the footage of 49-year-old Herschel putting the current Bulldogs through a grueling workout recently — and showing up most of them.
By the end of the program, Olivia was on the iPad, scouring the Internet for more on Herschel Walker. She was, she told her mother, reading about “one of the greatest football players ever.”
The greatest, honey. Ever.
“Storied: Herschel Walker” repeats tonight at midnight on ESPNU. It’s definitely worth your time. And your children’s.
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