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4/21: Herschel Walker interview, post “Celebrity Apprentice”

UGA alum and football great Herschel Walker hasn’t watched a single episode of “Celebrity Apprentice,” the NBC show he was just fired from Sunday night.

Of course, the episodes were taped months ago. Walker told me he has a good memory and recalls the details, even though he isn’t sure how it was edited.

He said he was disappointed he didn’t end up winning money for his charity of choice, Alternative Community Development Services. (He lost the challenges in which he was project manager.) But he’s proud he raised so much money in the fundraising challenges, second only to Annie Duke.

“I had fun,” he said. “I had a lot of fun.” At first, he figured he was busy with his food services company so he’d stick around a week for his friend Donald Trump. But once he got into it, he thought, “Let me stay here a while bit longer… I wanted to go all the way.”

For the challenge Sunday, he selected a chicken dish for the Schwan’s frozen food challenge (since it was the most popular meat dish among its customers). He also runs a food wholesale company which delivers plenty of chicken. Yet he said he stopped eating chicken a couple of years ago. Why? “Just to try something different,” he said. Another reason: he has been working to get his weight down so he could compete in a mixed martial arts competition later this year.

“I eat a lot of vegetables and breads,” Walker said. “I quit red meat 15, 20 years ago. I don’t eat much chicken at all.” (Okay, so he does eat some chicken?) He admits his diet “isn’t the best in the world. I eat only one meal a day. It normally consists of bread or salad and soup. I love soup.” How about proteins? “I don’t think about proteins. I don’t know where I get my proteins from.”

Walker was frustrated trying to manage folks who weren’t really his employees, which is why he had problems at times with argumentative Tom Green and Clint Black. “If I could kick their butts physically, maybe, but that’s not the show. They wouldn’t let me do that.”

He felt bad about Denis Rodman and didn’t feel like he defended him hard enough when everyone was getting on the basketball star’s case about his possible alcoholism. “I wrote Denis a letter apologizing that I wasn’t a better friend,” Walker said. Walker hasn’t heard back but hopes to talk to him during the finale on May 10.

Walker defended the dessert selection during the Schwan’s challenge which helped get him canned. “It wasn’t even my idea,” he noted. “Joan wanted a dessert.” Clint Black on the show argued against it, saying he was helping Walker prevent a potential problem.

During the show, Walker got peeved at Black. “Clint argues about everything,” Walker said. “If it’s not Clint Black, it’s not important. He always wanted to put his name out front. It’s not about you. It’s about him.” Walker’s personal philosophy was, “Get the job done. I don’t care who you are.”

He was shocked that Black wasn’t eliminated after the All Detergent viral video, which was Black’s lame joke about loving oneself a bit too much. “I was totally confused when Donald got rid of Khloe [Kardashian] instead,” he said. (As we were, too.)

Walker was a huge fan of Joan Rivers, who was on his team for a few challenges. “I absolutely loved her. She told me to call her mom.” And overall, he said, “I got along with everybody. They called me the president because I was so politically correct.”

And you’ll see Walker again on the show. He will take part in the final challenge, which begins airing on May 3 and will continue on the finale on the 10th.

“Don’t stop watching the show,” he said. “You’ll see something. People on the show respect me more. When you talk about getting the job done, that’s my thing. I get the job done!”

Post “Apprentice,” besides Ultimate Fighting, Walker said he has a yen for acting, playing a criminal on one of those “Law & Order” type shows.

Herschel, by the way, is CEO and owner of Savannah’s H Walker Enterprises, a minority owned and operated company that is the parent company to Renaissance Man Food Service, Herschel’s Famous 34 Appetizers and two other companies.

31 comments Add your comment

anthony

April 21st, 2009
4:24 pm

The guy looks like he still plays football. I can’t believe he doesn’t eat meat and has only one meal per day (Muslim?). I’m glad he’s doing hopefully he can be an example for others. Eating less meat helps the environment.

MA Merrill

April 21st, 2009
4:32 pm

I love, love, love Herschel! He was such a class act, a true gentleman on that show..not that we have ever seen anything else out of him. He was the only contestant who everyone loved and respected and no one else received such compliments from the other contestants like he did. I would love to see him act b/c so many of us UGA alumni/fans can’t get enough of Herschel! Thank you Herschel for always making us so proud and for being such an incredible role model and human being. God Bless you!

barneyb

April 21st, 2009
4:45 pm

Herschel-
Once again, you proved to be the class act you have always been. As you continue in your life struggles with your illness and the day-to-day stresses of life, God’s Blessings and good luck to you in all your endeavors.

RMJ

April 21st, 2009
5:14 pm

Anthony, Your observation of how fit this guy appears was great, but your Muslim comment just echoed your stupidity.

Dawg stuck in Bham

April 21st, 2009
5:25 pm

Herschel’s a Christian, not Muslim. I heard him speak a few years ago. Solid in his faith.

Lance

April 21st, 2009
5:28 pm

Muslim? HW is a devout Christian. Very strange comment indeed.

Chris Broe

April 21st, 2009
5:32 pm

Trump still has the best show. Joan Rivers was a revelation in how a personality sellout corrupts their own heart and soul. She actually presumes she can fix someone else. She thinks she has to swing at the slightest slight. Then she changes her mind. What a monster. I’ve heard all I need to hear from Joan Rivers. Great TV.

Jacketnation

April 21st, 2009
6:08 pm

I met Walker ar the airport and we flew on th same plane. He was very friendly. What a great guy and he still looks like he did when he was playing football. He’s a good ole country boy with a simple charm about him.

BigMike

April 21st, 2009
7:27 pm

Why is it that every Black Man that lives a certain way, has to be a muslim? Herschel Walker is, and always will be a fine up standing citizen, and the greatest UGA player ever. Let Him continue to be the example of what all future UGA players should be.

sandy

April 21st, 2009
7:38 pm

Herschel, you are the classiest, most honorable, gentleman to grace TV in a long, long time! You were dismissed prematurely and Clint Black should have gone along with that stupid viral video. What an absurd concept! We all looked forward to watching the apprentice and now have nothing to look forward to on Sunday nights. Your comments to Dennis were honest and thought-provoking; they needed to be said. Since your dismissal, REFUSE to buy from the Schwan man or watch the apprentice. Best of luck to you and hopefully we will see you in the movies!!!

Nanadink

April 21st, 2009
8:25 pm

I taped the show and hadn’t watched it yet. I saw online he was “fired”, now I don’t have the heart to watch it. You don’t see athletes like him anymore. What a great guy!

Endymion

April 21st, 2009
8:34 pm

So often when you see someone from Georgia on a national show, they are someone that gets made fun of. Hershel showed that people from Georgia can be intelligent, capable and talented. Great job Hershel! As a Georgian I’m proud of you!

james

April 21st, 2009
8:52 pm

Give Anthony a break. I think he was asking an honest question, as in wondering why a giant guy doesn’t eat meat–and BigMike, I think it had a lot more to do with the eating habits than Herschel being black. Who cares?

I agree with everybody on one thing–He seems like a great guy, and a good role model. It’s nice to see a celebrity–who has dealt with actual issues–so well put together, as opposed to some of the others who come off as completely irrational.

Ben

April 21st, 2009
9:15 pm

“Eating less meat helps the environment.” What??

#1.Dawgette

April 21st, 2009
9:21 pm

I looked up his charity on Apprentice website and then found it’s nonprofit info online to make a donation. If others do the same, he can still raise a lot of money for them. Thanks, Herschel for remaining a simple, honorable man all these years.

Johnny DangerDawg

April 21st, 2009
9:30 pm

“I don’t know where I get my proteins from.” — That is hilarious! Only a genetic anomaly like Herschel can get away with a nonsensical diet and still look healthier than everybody else. Only one meal a day?!?

Frank

April 21st, 2009
10:39 pm

Herschel did not deserve to be fired. Clint Black is a weasel. Black didn’t even shake Herschel’s hand after Herschel was fired.

I think I understand where Trump is heading. He is getting rid of the laid back contestants, to set up some serious fireworks in the final few shows. Brandi Roderick and Jesse James will be the next two to exit the show.

It’s all going to boil down to Joan and Melissa Rivers vs. Clint Black and Annie Duke.

With Herschel gone, I think I’ll watch Talk Soup or the Golf Channel instead.

JPS

April 21st, 2009
11:28 pm

Clint Black needs to go. He’s arrogant and he’s no Garth Brooks! Herschel is a class act. Probably makes more money then Clint’s record company. Does he own a record company?

Clint needs to acknowledge all of his children not just his one daughter. Does he lie?

Suz

April 21st, 2009
11:55 pm

Hershel truly did ga proud. I am a big fan of Jesse James and feel he has a good chance to win. Annie is obnoxious, but, unfortunatly probably will win.

Bill

April 22nd, 2009
7:32 am

UGA fans whiff his exhaust up their nostrils but he has been a poor representative of UGA. Is he still going to whip Spurrier? Classless. But we already knew he wasn’t the brightest bulb on the tree from day one. Is he still schizophrenic? Maybe that explains his wierd behavior.

DAWGS20

April 22nd, 2009
8:38 am

Bill….please do the rest of us a favor and never voice your opinion on this topic again. You sir are an idiot.

MGFLA

April 22nd, 2009
8:38 am

Bill,

That was the most ignorant post I’ve ever read. You’re pathetic.

Shane

April 22nd, 2009
9:12 am

Herschel did an amazing job on Celebrity Apprentice. I love that he loved Joan Rivers! Going into this show I was never a big fan of hers, but I have grown to love her myself. She is the sharpest and most quick-witted on the show this season! And I don’t care what anyone says, for 76 years old, she looks flawless! I hope she wins because Annie Duke is a snake in the grass!

Will

April 22nd, 2009
9:15 am

I think the question to all UGA fans is: Who is the best UGA running back since Herschel??? I’ll get things started and say without a doubt, with no close seconds is Knowshon Moreno. No one since 82′ has had more game breaking skills. If he had not redshirted and had a average offensive line last year he would have shattered all of HW’s records.

Now say you?

DirtyDawg

April 22nd, 2009
9:34 am

Hey Herschel, if you’re logging on for some of this I’ve got a question. For some years I’ve been privately lobbying for one of those ‘grass-roots’ efforts to petition the NCAA to change the rules regarding eligibility. My proposal is that any player that may have left school with eligibility remaining, once they reach say 40, can petition for reinstatement to complete said eligibility. Whatayasay? Let’s go for it. With even a mediocre year by your standards you’ll set the all-time rushing record for all-time. Be the biggest story of the decade…the Century…the Millennium even.

I mean don’t you see the symmetry in this? Since it was Donald Trump’s money that lured you out in the first place, why not use this lame TV apprentice show as sort of a ‘coming full circle’ thing and let us beat the drum for your triumphant return?

PS – You would come back to Georgia, wouldn’t you?

Gatorzone

April 22nd, 2009
9:42 am

Herschel is a class act and a great representative of UGA! Nothing but respect for one of the best college rb’s ever! Dog fans be proud as I know you are!

Edw3rd

April 23rd, 2009
10:17 am

Absolute classy guy and great role model.

AUturnedUGAbecauseofHerschel

April 27th, 2009
8:14 pm

What a wonderful example Herschel Walker is of a true southern gentleman raised correctly. We need more role models like him.

Hutzz

April 28th, 2009
2:39 pm

Walker was a great contestant and should have fought more for himself when he got to the boardroom. Clint Black is a knob and wont be able to out-match Annie Dukes smarts and fundraising ability…even if she is an ass.

Andrew

June 15th, 2009
8:25 pm

Herschel Walker is a UGA legend! Such an amazing athelete. I heard he is going to be in a poker tournament in the Bahamas sometime this year? Anybody know if this is true??

Frank R

October 16th, 2009
3:48 pm

I want to see Herschel Walker kick some butt in MMA. 40-year old Dana White, who professes to be a good boxer, punked out when 47-year old Walker challenged him to an MMA fight. Now Dana doesn’t Walker to fight any of his UFC guys. I say “Give Herschel Walker a shot!”