If your father was a big football fan back in the ’80s, and you had some father-son time watching the games with him before becoming a fan yourself, you may remember Herschel Walker. He was one of the greatest running backs in college and pro history.
Even if you never saw him play his college ball with Georgia (winning the Heisman Trophy in 1982), or rushing 5,562 yards in three years for the New Jersey Generals of the now defunct USFL, or playing for the Cowboys and Vikings in the NFL (rushing for over 1,000 yards twice), you would have at least heard his name spoken. He was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999, but as of the writing of this article is not in its Pro Football counterpart (although he is under consideration).
At the age of 47, Walker decided to throw his hat into the octagon and become a professional MMA fighter. His background off the football field is in kickboxing and tae kwon do. He and STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker spoke, and after some testing of Walker’s abilities, he began training at the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose.
Walker got his first professional fight on January 30, 2010, in Miami vs. Greg Nagy. Walker beat the young and inexperienced fighter in the third round by TKO. Nagy is 20 years Walker’s junior, but it didn’t make a difference in the cage.
Walker vs. Nagy Part One:
Walker vs. Nagy Part Two:
Scott Carson became Walker’s second casualty last weekend (January 29, 2011), losing in the first round by TKO. Carson didn’t know what hit him never being in the fight from the opening bell. The referee stopped it at 3:13 after Walker staggered Carson with a right then a left hand to the head when Carson tried to stand after escaping Walker with a monkey roll.
Walker vs. Carson:
Until Walker beat Carson, a more experienced fighter than Nagy, we here atlooked the other way considering it a publicity stunt similar to the Jose Canseco farce in Japan (May 26, 2009). But now that we can see that Walker is legitimate, we hope he does well. Will he ever fight for a belt? Probably not, but so far he has been enjoyable to watch.