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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jwdawg

September 8th, 2011
10:36 am

First? I wish we could get another back with the same type of dedication that Herschel had! Go dawgs!

DawginLex

September 8th, 2011
10:39 am

I watched it with one of my children too. She was amazed at his speed and size. She is pretty knowledgeable about football.

she asked “Why don’t we pitch the ball and run like that anymore?”

Coach Richt?
coach Bobo

Buehler???

Teasley51

September 8th, 2011
10:42 am

The story was awesome! Someone should make a full length movie of his life story. I have read his book and it is good also. Gave me “chill bumps”…Sure wish we had another player just like him!

GABULLDAWG47

September 8th, 2011
10:47 am

They should offer Herschel the Strength and Conditioning job at UGA. He should also be considered for the running backs coach.

Dave

September 8th, 2011
10:54 am

I love the red and black, bleed red and black and love all things red and black. I have given Bobo as much slack as I can, defended him from some of my cohorts, but the play calling in the Boise State game was as awful as I can imagine. I don’t have a leg to stand on any more. I wouldn’t give the ball to Richard Samuel another time and we need to have sweeps from the “I”, screens, just get our speed out in space. We kept running between the tackles and when it wasn’t working, we ran it between the tackles again. I know Boise is a great football team and ranked number 5, but we were FAR inferior on the field and I have a feeling that SC might just splatter us on our home field. I hope I am wrong. Any thoughts?

OLD DAWG 60

September 8th, 2011
10:56 am

They should make the entire team watch the show together before this weeks game and maybe before each game the rest of the year. Let the team see his dedication and let the coaches see UGA pounding the ball down some throats. Together they can hear Herschel reminding them we are GEORGIA. Play and be physical.

VALDOSTADAWG

September 8th, 2011
10:57 am

I sure hope Bobo was watching the Hershel Walker special. He could take a few notes on how to play good ole fashion smash mouth ball. You would think if the offense was not getting it they would go back to simple football like uhhh the I formation? other than that great film and everyone who is a fan of Hershel should read his book!

Danny Ford

September 8th, 2011
11:00 am

Herschel never scored on Clemson! Did ya know that?????

Danny Ford

September 8th, 2011
11:01 am

Nor Did George Rogers of SC. Did ya know that????

Barbie Doolies

September 8th, 2011
11:01 am

My Gawd a freshmen!

DawginLex

September 8th, 2011
11:08 am

In all seriousness, I wonder if Herschel would accept a position on the staff.

Dirty Dawg

September 8th, 2011
11:09 am

OK, I’m gonna use this to ‘re-state’ an initiative that I believe is worth the ‘trying’. I believe that players that, for whatever reason, left school prior to completing their eligibility, should be allowed to petition the NCAA for reinstatement. Sure there’s the ‘pro thing’, but that can be overcome with a ’statute of limitations’ and/or an ‘age’ thing. Let’s say that once a ‘player’ has been out of professional ball, in this case football, for X-number of years…and reached the age of 40 or 45ish…he should be allowed to return to ‘finish the job’ – in Herschel’s case it would be to become the all-time rushing yards leader – not to mention what it would do for UGA and College football…and it should be ‘fast-tracked’ so we can get him eligible before October or something. Whatayasay?

Dacula Dawg

September 8th, 2011
11:13 am

Didn’t have to score against Clem or his son. In ‘80, “Clemson had all the yards but GA had Scott Woerner” (to quote Munson). In ‘81, UGA turned the ball over about 50 times, or so it seemed – Clem deserved to be Nat’l Champ. And in ‘82, Herschel was a good enough decoy though even with his hand bandaged up. So, Dawgs were 2-1 against Clem in HW’s day….seems a bit more important than the # of TD’s.

Dawgs

September 8th, 2011
11:22 am

It’s second and 8 – guess what Bobo is going to call – Carlton Thomas up the middle for a one yard gain.

ATLnative

September 8th, 2011
11:24 am

I was in Athens 82-85 and was lucky to see him play in person. I just turned 50 and he is an inspiration to me and my workout routine! thank you HW and fight well! http://mmavalor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/herschel-walker-MMA.jpg

Nick Saban

September 8th, 2011
11:34 am

I will take 7 million a year and fix your program

dawgstyle

September 8th, 2011
11:36 am

I played high school football against Hershel ! I played for ECI and he was at Johnson Co. in 1980. I really enjoy the ESPN show, it was great seeing some of the high school films and all those great Georgia highlights ! He will always be the greatest college athlete !!!

dawgstyle

September 8th, 2011
11:39 am

Hey ole Danny ! All that really matters is the final score…. right !

Gainesville Gator

September 8th, 2011
11:40 am

That’s right Bill, if you can’t say anything about your pathetic program in the present, live in the past.

59bulldawg

September 8th, 2011
11:41 am

I was in school at the same time Herschel was there . . . back when students could attend attend games for a dollar. You never wanted to take your eyes off the game when the offense was on the field because every time Herschel touched the ball he was a threat to go all the way. “My God . . . just a freshman!” I was at the 1980 Georgia/South Carolina game when Herschel outrushed eventual Heisman winner George Rogers and led the Bulldogs to a 13-10 victory. In my book one of the greatest Georgia/South Carolina games in history.

59bulldawg

September 8th, 2011
11:44 am

DawginLex . . . Don’t know if he can coach but he would be a bonanza for our recruiting.

Inlet Dawg

September 8th, 2011
11:44 am

Wish I had ESPN U

roughrider

September 8th, 2011
11:45 am

UGA needs to get Herschel involved in recruiting and possibly on the coaching staff.

59bulldawg

September 8th, 2011
11:45 am

BTW I forgot to watch last night. Anybody know when it will be shown again?

just a fan

September 8th, 2011
11:53 am

it will be rebroadcast on espnU at midnight tonight or tomorrow

boots

September 8th, 2011
12:01 pm

Herschel got robbed of the Heisman in ‘80. Rogers was a great back, but there is – and will ever be – only one Herschel Walker. He set the standard for class, courage, and character as a college athlete, a Pro, an Olympian, a fighter and as a man. I am honored that he wore the red & black, and he changed the Dawg Nation forever. Even our school’s enemies must grant us that he is the definition of a college player and a man.

59bulldawg

September 8th, 2011
12:14 pm

boots . . . I totally agree! There’s always been a bias toward underclassmen even though, at that time, Archie Griffin had won it twice. I don’t remember if Herschel gained more yards for the season than Rogers but I remember thinking he should have won it in 1980. I know Bo was good too, and yes I’m biased, but there will never be another back as big and strong and fast as Herschel. As Bill Bates can attest, you didn’t want to get between him and the goal line.

CHDawg

September 8th, 2011
12:14 pm

Dave, I agree, and I think CMB is a smart coach who does a fine job with the QBs. IMO, most teams plan on ~80-90% of our plays generating from tackle to tackle, so they plan on having 7-9 defenders right there in the box for stopping the run and pressuring the QB. That is why we have so many long pass plays, imo–they will get burned doing that all of the time. Basically, they are saying to CMB, if you are going to beat us you will have to do it somewhere else. Plays that very, very quickly attack other parts of the field might be a great option. But, if the line doesn’t block well, everything may look bad. I hope he can figure out a way to minimize our blocking problems, but Ellis J. is a smart DC. Will be interesting to watch. I hope CMB comes up with a great plan. Go Dawgs.

Still@theBAR

September 8th, 2011
12:14 pm

Did they talk about UGA giving his sister a track Scholarship to get him to come? Did they mention the Black Smokey & the Bandit Trans AM Herschel was given to come to UGA? Did they cover the real ETHICAL dealings and Issues that were going on at UGA until Jan Kemp Blew the Whistle?
AND NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY.

Dawg

September 8th, 2011
12:18 pm

Still@theBar……are you walking on water???

Johnnyvet

September 8th, 2011
12:19 pm

IN the 1980’s, there were three running back that let the NCAA in rushing. Their names were: George Rodgers, born 8 Dec 1958, Duluth, Ga. Herschel Walker, Johnson County high school, Ga, Stump Mitchell, born 3-15, 1959,Kingland, Ga. I would have been nice to have had these three at one time,,

Johnnyvet

September 8th, 2011
12:21 pm

led instead of let and it instead of I

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 8th, 2011
12:22 pm

The Bill Bates run was great but to me the 80 yd run against SC or the run against KY where he blowed everyone away who even had the angle on him is much better and shows what made him different and great

Wished they would play that during the pre game video UGA highlights

Just Sayin'

September 8th, 2011
12:23 pm

You mutts sure like to live in the past, don’t you?

BigTimeTechFan

September 8th, 2011
12:25 pm

Yet people today love the passing game. Makes no sense to me, I would rather football go back to the days of Glory RB’s carrying the team like:
Herschel
Dorsett
Bo Jackson
M Dupree
E Campell
Billy Sims
C White

Football was better to watch back then
Why I like CPJ so much, he loves to run the ball

BigTimeTechFan

September 8th, 2011
12:26 pm

I forgot Robert Levette

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 8th, 2011
12:26 pm

Still@theBAR

I know we agree on things but I sure hope you dont think that kind of stuff doesnt just go on at UGA. It goes on at every major college program.

Just listen to what Colt Mccoy’s girlfriend said about Texas

BigTimeTechFan

September 8th, 2011
12:27 pm

@Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville:

Agree, Auburn does that with Bo Jackson and the crowd goes nuts

Advocati

September 8th, 2011
12:28 pm

Just Sayin’ –

Why do you spend your time reading the UGA page? While we like to reminisce about the greatest football player of all time, we certainly don’t waste our weekdays reading articles about other shool’s players. Get a life, loser.

The Ghost of Wally Butts

September 8th, 2011
12:29 pm

Here are a FEW things that Herschel NEVER FELT THE NEED TO DO…

1. Celebrate after a touchdown – he simply handed the ball to the ref – his play spoke for itself.

2. Grow long hair and braid it.

3. Beat his chest after each play.

4. Insult opposing coaches by any means (even if twitter had existed back then).

5. Trash talk.

6. Throw a big media event to annouce which college he was attending.

7. Dance on the sideline.

8. Break the law.

9. Break team rules.

10. Get a tatoo.

I could go on, but you get the point – compared with today’s “Power Ranger” Dawgs, their dreadlocks and attitudes. No wonder we are losing games, respect and patience.

Still@theBAR

September 8th, 2011
12:31 pm

Didn’t hear what Colt’s bullet catcher said. I must have missed that, but yes STUFF goes on and I would bet it is worse now with how much HUGE money is now at stake.

Beast from the East

September 8th, 2011
12:34 pm

As a Gator, I was glad to see him leave UGA for the USFL. He was an absolute BEAST!!!! He was the greatest college running back I’ve ever seen. He was like a man playing against boys in those days. The only other running back that even came close to his physical domination was Earl Campbell, in my opinion.

Still@theBAR

September 8th, 2011
12:39 pm

BigTimeTechFan
September 8th, 2011
12:26 pm

I forgot Robert Levette
you forgot William Bell too
Advocati
well if you read the Tech page plenty of your UGA fans don’t do as you do.

The Thing about Herschel was was as big as the linebackers back in his day. There are not that many RB’s today that are that big and fast compared the the LB’s.
Josh Nesbitt was 6′-1″ and 212lbs. He is just about the size Herschel was during his playing days. I think Herschel was playing at 220lbs.

JaxDawg05

September 8th, 2011
12:41 pm

Gainesville Gator
September 8th, 2011
11:40 am

That’s right Bill, if you can’t say anything about your pathetic program in the present, live in the past.

Typical Gator fan. Florida Gators football, the tradition of Wake Forest and the arrogance of Notre Dame. Yes, football WAS played before 1990, contrary to belief in Hogtown.

chickenman

September 8th, 2011
12:41 pm

grew up listening to stories about the best back to ever do it…It was a good look into the turmoil that made him the beast of the east…. Never will there be a tailback with that kind of ability..His drive was and is something of a Epic.

59bulldawg

September 8th, 2011
12:41 pm

Advocati . . . He didn’t do much reading today . . . else he would have noticed the topic of today’s blog. Too much of a hurry to stick it us Georgia fans I guess!

Chicharito

September 8th, 2011
12:42 pm

Thanks again Bill.

Bling and Blang

September 8th, 2011
12:42 pm

@ ghostofwally……… you forgot to list ear bling….

dawgfan

September 8th, 2011
12:44 pm

Yes Still@theBar, everyone cheats. More specifically, everyone who has ever beaten Georgia Tech (and that’s a mighty long list) is a big fat cheater. Feel better clown? Good. I’m sorry that ESPN won’t be doing any documentaries on Georgia Tech players. You’d have better luck finding that on Comedy Central.

UGA81

September 8th, 2011
12:52 pm

I really don’t see how we continue to worship Herschel. If you remember he was paid for four years and only stayed three.

Richmond Hill

September 8th, 2011
12:59 pm

Ghost of Wally Butts, you hit the nail on the head. I have been posting all of those things throughout the week and AJC has blocked my posts. Not politcally correct? Wonder if this one will go through. At least yours did. Thanks

Reality Dawg

September 8th, 2011
12:59 pm

If Herschel cleared the linebackers he was generally off to the races. I remember several games his freshman year where multiple defenders had the angle on him and then…they didn’t. I believe his 76 yarder in the SC game was the only long run of the day for both teams (watched it from the student section). Both teams had STOUT defenses – and they were bringin’ it.

Richmond Hill

September 8th, 2011
1:00 pm

It’s a miracle. Got it in at last

Devil's Advocate

September 8th, 2011
1:02 pm

UGA81,

We got a better deal on Herschel than Auburn got on Cam Newton.

Richmond Hill

September 8th, 2011
1:05 pm

I was standing on the sidelines with Lewis Grizzard when Herschel vaulted over both lines as well as the goalline to beat Florida–2nd straight year by a score of 26 to 21. Gave me chill bumps I tell ya, and this was the year after he led us to the NC. There may have been better players on other teams since the early 80s but no single player ever stirred the imagination and created the excitement of a university’s fan base the way HW did and, based on the ESPNU special, apparently continues to do.

Had It

September 8th, 2011
1:06 pm

The Ghost of
Wally Butts has it right. CMR has lost complete control of thre team!

Rob

September 8th, 2011
1:14 pm

Herschel will definitely take a job on the UGA staff. He is an academic scholar as he was while at UGA or atleast purported by UGA, FBI agent, Olympic Bobsledder, Restaurant owner, and MMA fighter. Maybe they can erect a monument in Athens.

Rob

September 8th, 2011
1:17 pm

Forgot to mention, he can also drive a Trans Am similar to the one he got brand new after choosing to go to UGA.

Mike T.

September 8th, 2011
1:23 pm

@just saying,
This article was about Herschel, not the current team
or about this weeks game.We understand it hurts you for us to reminisce about Herschel.

Richmond Hill

September 8th, 2011
1:33 pm

Rob, it takes a lot of class for a smart person like yourself to hide behind your computer screen and poke mean-spirited fun at those of those of us who occasionally enjoy relishing past memories. Like the fans of other schools we don’t necessarily “live in” the past, but we do once in a while like recalling the great players of the past. You really have too much time on your hands coming on this blog and acting like the jerk you are.

DogFace Blues

September 8th, 2011
1:36 pm

A man of that stature should enjoy all the spoils. Atleast he wasnt arrogant and mouthy about it. 30 Years ago and he is still a Legend and the Man! Hire him right away, UGA needs some inspiration!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 8th, 2011
1:39 pm

Yea

They need to hire Herschel right away

This team has no motivation and it looks like they need him also to get them in shape

Boise in ATL

September 8th, 2011
1:40 pm

C’mon UGA – please get your act together and go undefeated the rest of the season.

My take on UGA?
1. Really thought the Dome game would have been tighter – I was optimistic that Boise would pull out a victory – and shocked at how poor UGA was that night.
2. 6-7 was not a fluke – it is the state of the program.
3. 2011 is a new season – but UGA looked just as bad in our game – as their worst game in 2010.
4. It’s only one game – and UGA -s 0-1. Nobody thought UGA would be undefeated this year.

Not sure what to think about UGA’s offensive system. Murray had to hold onto the ball as plays seemed slow to develop – and Murray did not have quick read options – like Kellen Moore did – which allowed us to pick UGA apart.

Really surprised UGA did not get any presure onto Kellen Moore.

In the final analysist – Boise was better coached, had better schemes offensively, better scheme defensively, was in better physical shape, was quicker, faster, and pound for pound stronger than UGA. UGA’s O-Line looked too big and slow – could not hold blocks or defend against quicker rushing smaller D-Lineman.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 8th, 2011
1:48 pm

Boise in ATL

Yea I knew we were going to get out coached just like we will this Sat

troup Co. Dawg

September 8th, 2011
1:49 pm

I was 7 and 8 years old when Herschel played, but I remember how he dominated College Football week end and week out. He gave it everything he had within him! On every play he gave it all and the O-line would sacrifice it all to open holes for him…I sure wish our team could play with that intensity! He inspired me at a young age to play hard with grit and never be afraid of lighting someone up! We would tear up the yard everyday trying to prove who could best emulate HW! Those were good times!

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 8th, 2011
1:51 pm

We arent getting our act together. Yes you had better schemes, in better shape but I disagree about the faster stuff

Our O-line and D-line have no one teaching them technique Boise does

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 8th, 2011
1:53 pm

BILL KING

You guys need to fix this stupid filter you have on here.

Its getting to where you cannot post anything

Rob

September 8th, 2011
1:57 pm

Richmond, you are the one that thinks my comments were mean spirited. I was only bringing up his many talents. Now maybe that rubbed you the wrong way but I was speaking the truth. Sorry for that.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 8th, 2011
2:01 pm

Did the show explain how a poor country boy from Wrightsville, GA. could afford a brand new Trans Am while playing for UGAg?

Herschel's 3rd Personality

September 8th, 2011
2:02 pm

I played football?!?! When??? Hey 2nd….did you know about this??

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

September 8th, 2011
2:03 pm

RAMBLE ON!!!

Still hoping the AJC will do an investigative article on how most of those dumb Tech players get into Tech and stay eligible

I would start in the Business school since most of the football team is taking classes from there

Herschel's 2nd Personality

September 8th, 2011
2:07 pm

Yeah buddy! I think we won a Heisman, too. It doesn’t matter. The money was good….the coke was GREAT….and the boys at the hot tub parties…..well, that’s another story!

WDE

September 8th, 2011
2:11 pm

@RAMBLE ON!!! Hey there Bug Boy how is probation working out for Bug U…and now that Dragon Con is over think you guys will sell out a game this year? Sad really last Thursday the ATL was awash with Nerds and you pitiful folks couldn’t sell out that crackerjack box you call Grant Field…so sad.

allwehaveishope

September 8th, 2011
2:12 pm

HW was the best college RB, ever. He loves challenges but he has too many irons in the fire to accept a full time coaching job.

Watching how the dawgs are slowly but surely sinking to the depths of the SEC, while with few exceptions the rest of the league have us in their rear view mirror, it’s great to relive the glory days and nwatch Hershel run.

seabass

September 8th, 2011
2:23 pm

Richt should take over the play calling this week instead of waiting till after the South Carolina game.Win or loose he needs to do the play calling.

Tyger

September 8th, 2011
2:40 pm

Herschel has a son. Offer him a scholarship now.

chickenman

September 8th, 2011
2:48 pm

“MY GOD HES RUNNING OVER PEOPLE”

LHarding Dawg

September 8th, 2011
2:51 pm

Herschel got screwed out of two heisman trophy’s. He was far and away the best football player in America for the three years he played college football. There will never be another Herschel.

chickenman

September 8th, 2011
2:51 pm

guys i think we will be fine this weekend… boise did the same thing to VA Tech.. seriously i was there… they made their line look like highschool kids that night.. as they did our beloved dawgs… SC poises a tough pass rush but i say run at that freshman de EVERYDOWN… he may be the best pass rushing end to come out of highschool in years but hes not a run end

chaingangdawg

September 8th, 2011
2:53 pm

The ghost of wally Butts, the comment you just posted is well said, there will never ever be another Herschel Walker, the only way to see it is on the tube just like last night!!!

solja

September 8th, 2011
3:12 pm

As always….when the actual season begins, and losses beging to pile up….let’s pull out good ol’ Herschel!!!! ‘member dem days boys?” Yeeeeeeeeeeee Hawwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

Buck Blew

September 8th, 2011
3:14 pm

sorry bud……herschel walker is not the greatest football player ever. he’s not even in the top 10 if you combine college and pro careers. he’s definitely in the top 10 of greatest college football players ever but not the best. barry sanders was the greatest college player ever.

BG

September 8th, 2011
3:15 pm

Walker was a beast! GO DAWGS!!

Coarch Richt

September 8th, 2011
3:45 pm

Hershel would have made a pretty good tight end on our team.

JK

September 8th, 2011
3:47 pm

Is anyone else as skeptical about the 3-4 defense as I am? We are averaging more points per game over the last 3-4 years that we did in Richt’s 1st 3-4 years yet we are losing now. Why blame Bobo when is producing more points per game than Richt did when Richt was calling the plays?

N. Saban

September 8th, 2011
3:53 pm

You’re right JK. That 3-4 scheme will never work in CFB.

True Dawg

September 8th, 2011
3:54 pm

Herschel is the greatest! He needs to be UGA’s strength and conditioning coach!

FaithfulDawg86

September 8th, 2011
4:06 pm

It was an amazing show about an amazing man – not to mention the greatest college football player ever. Thanks, ESPN. I hope it’s required viewing in Butts-Mehre this week!

FaithfulDawg86

September 8th, 2011
4:08 pm

Buck Blew: ESPN and Sports Illustrated have named Herschel greatest college running back, any analyst worth his salt will say the same, and I think even most of our “enemies” agree that he was the best. Go troll somewhere else.

Doc Holliday

September 8th, 2011
4:10 pm

Herschel Walker doesn’t take steriods. Steroids take Herschel Walker.

Fire Mark Richt

September 8th, 2011
5:01 pm

I was old enough to watch Herschel do his thing, and caught almost every minute of it either by listening to Munson or watching on TV, although the latter was a rare treat in those days.

Youtube has made it possible to relive Herschel’s highlights, and it surprises me that his long TDs were even more spectacular than I remembered. The 76-yarder against South Carolina is my favorite. Two guys appear to have a slight angle on him, and he blows past them easily. His speed in the open field was unreal.

I recently discovered a video of Herschel bowling over Pitt linebacker Sal Sunseri, who’s now an assistant at Alabama. Herschel gained 15 yards where a mere mortal would have gained 1 or 2 at best. He was truly amazing.

And to think that we also had a great defense back then. So good that we went 10-1-1 the year after Herschel left. The entire class was great. ‘80-’83 was something special.

Fire Mark Richt

September 8th, 2011
5:07 pm

“Why blame Bobo when is producing more points per game than Richt did when Richt was calling the plays?”

I’ve been asking that question for two years on this site myself, JK. Mark Richt is an offensive coach and an experienced play caller. He’s the highest ranking offensive coach on staff (obviously). And he basically fired himself as coordinator back in ‘06 because, truth be told, he wasn’t getting the job done anymore. If we’re really being honest, Georgia’s offense from ‘01-’05 wasn’t always that great, but the defense usually was.

Why Bobo gets the lion’s share of the blame is beyond me. I think some people are still in denial about Richt’s limitations as a coach.

dawgster7

September 8th, 2011
5:09 pm

I was a freshman at UGA with Herschel and it still seems like a magical time watching the greatest college running back to ever play the game. He took a so-so talented team and led them to the Promise Land and he is still an amzing athlete! Walker My Dawg!!!

SEC Fan

September 8th, 2011
5:27 pm

I was priviliged to watch Herschel play all three years. There will never be another Herschel Walker. He was a once in a lifetime player.

Sam

September 8th, 2011
5:53 pm

When the College Football HOF opens in Atlanta, you need to take her. The South Bend HOF had a lot of great Herschel footage.

Wooky

September 8th, 2011
5:59 pm

After the game at the Marta station a guy in a Florida t-shirt said he was sorry for what had happened to Georgia. So I left the Marta station and went to Dragon*Con in my UGA shirt where I proceeded to get beat up by Elves.

Johnnyvet

September 8th, 2011
6:22 pm

I had the honor of watching Herschel in high school. He not only was a great running back, but he also played linebacker. I heard a rumor that Dooley was going to use him at linebacker instead of tail back. I knew that where ever they put him, he would still be a star.

Comment ratings

September 8th, 2011
6:43 pm

What I love about watching Herschel is when he first breaks out and it looks like the DBs have an easy angle, and then suddenly they don’t. In his late teens, his speed was shocking for a guy his size.

tim

September 8th, 2011
7:00 pm

Bill, is there any word when this will air on Espn or Espn 2?
(Don’t have Espn U)

DP

September 8th, 2011
7:29 pm

Herschel was one of the all time great college football players, but I couldn’t sit through the ESPNU piece last night after the pathetic reenactment bits of a young Herschel allegedly getting beat up in grade school, starting to work out and then outrunning a train, with narration from Herschel. I suspect he had approval of everything up to and including the script.

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.

Tigger

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.

Columbus

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.

BabsTolstoy

September 8th, 2011
10:03 pm

Bo was better.

jreyn

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.

Tider222

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.