A new generation discovers Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker's legend spreads thanks to ESPN. (University of Georgia)

Herschel Walker's legend spreads thanks to ESPN. (University of Georgia)

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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Where have you gone Bill Stanfill?

September 8th, 2011
7:51 pm

Glad some others see what I have been saying for a while now, Bobo, as predictable as he is, has not been the problem. Last season our average loss was by about 8 points while our average wins were by about 17 or so. Seems that the problem is with that sloppy tub- Grantham’s un-usable defense. He finally got the “players” to fit his system and they got hammered by a team half their size and talent. Boise was not necessarily a better team, they were better coached obviously! And the thing they do better than anyone else in the country is play their assignments without hesitation. Our players can’t keep their helmets on long enough to play their assignments! Somebody buy those morons some hair clippers and keep them away from the horse’s. Too many horses in Clarke County are missing their tails so these punks can have dread locks.


September 8th, 2011
8:32 pm

Maybe the younger generation should also rediscover Saint Jan Kemp and the shame of Vince Dooley.

I wonder if any of the books about UGA football include the perspective of someone speaking for the late Jan Kemp? The perspective that “student” athletes like Lindsay Scott were playing years without taking college level courses? That the proudest moment of the football program was earned by players who never earned a single college credit?

Dawgtards love to return to 1980, but their memories are really short when it comes to remembering an earthshaking event that happened a few years later that showed the world what a joke UGA athletes were and what a scam artist their beloved Vince Dooley was (and is). So for all those dawgtards with short memories or who think their athletes are actually taking real courses and trying to graduate, here’s the quote that broke the trial wide open and showed what a slimeball Dooley is:

O. Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for the defense, offered a justification for the favorable treatment accorded the athletes, citing a hypothetical player. “We may not make a university student out of him,” he told the jury, “but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

Nothing has changed at UGA, they just do a slightly better job of keeping things quiet, but that’s hard to do when 44 of your player-thugs have been arrested, isn’t it?

Where have you gone Bill Stanfill?

September 8th, 2011
8:47 pm

So Tigger, you found the same cut and paste file you have been using for the last several years…..(yawn).
Not all athletes are scholars like Tommy Lawhorn or the Stinchcomb brothers, but not all of them are dumber than a bag of hammers like Reggie Ball and Pulpwood Smith either. Athletes are on the same variable intelligence spectrum as are normal students but in a more microscopic sample. So what you are saying is that about 30 years ago some students and faculty at UGA were less than honest? So that was 30 years ago.

Moving along now nothing else to see.

Go ahead count up how many players were arrested this year. Waiting. Still waiting. That’s right can’t find any can you. So stick it Moron! Why don’t you find some new material such as: Why can’t Grantham get his defense to work? Or do a study of how many friends you have. Wait that one won’t take very long, unless you have bought more puppets.

Seriously, your little jab at the expense of a departed soul, Jan Kemp, is getting pathetic. It has been old and overused for a while now so please let Jan rest in peace. She has passed due to a terrible disease and it is sickening that you are using her as punchline.


September 8th, 2011
8:50 pm

We dont have the OL Herschel had…..We need to throw short more and definitely to the backs. Short throws are a win-win situation for the UGA offense at this point in the season. Without a doubt. Call the plays Richt. Call the plays….

Mobile Dawg

September 8th, 2011
9:26 pm

Herschel was simply the best, I don’t think there will ever be another that approaches his ability, or dominance. He could launch himself over the line of scrimmage from outside the 5 yard line and clear the end zone. “There goes Herschel”, he and Larry are my best memories of UGA football, for forty plus years. Larry was the twelfth man.


September 8th, 2011
10:03 pm

Bo was better.


September 8th, 2011
10:17 pm

i just watched the Herschel Walker documentary. Having been there as a child for his games it disgusts me that we are not getting the positive passion from our fans but it particularly disgusts me that our coaching staff and still some of the very few players that are viewing playing at UGA as a rite instead of an honor just don’t seem to get it. i get tears in my eyes thinking of the success we had then and of course in the middle of the CMR era. We need to find a way to get back to where we were NOW. I want to fly my family down from NYC to in order to give my wife and children a positive GEORGIA experience but sadly i just can’t guarantee it right now. Go Dawgs for goodness sake but let’s right this ship!!!

The one and only!

September 8th, 2011
10:26 pm

I was real impressionable as a 14 year “Between The Hedges” during the Herschel era. I couldn’t believe what I say during his 3 years in Athens. Simply amazing!

Instant Dawgma

September 9th, 2011
4:00 pm

I don’t get ESPNU and I need to figure out how to see this documentary.
Love you Herschel, THE BEST COLLEGE PLAYER OF ALL TIME. And Best USFL player of their time too!
God I wish we could go back in time. I lived it and I want to relive it.


September 11th, 2011
7:47 pm

Hershel was the best RB ever period ! No discussion ! He used to run in the end zone and pitch the ball to the referee-no showboating. Herschel played like he belonged in the end zone. He carried the dawgs on his back for 3 years. A once in a lifetime player I believe.

Whiskey Breath

September 12th, 2011
8:43 am

But let’s don’t give Hershel any credit, Buck Bulue really did all the work. Just ask him.