Herschel Walker, 52, says he could play in NFL now; backs Trump for Bills

Eric Edholm
April 24, 2014

One of the best all-around athletes ever to play in the NFL might be more than 16 years removed from his final NFL career, but Herschel Walker believes he still could play in the league right now.

Walker turned 52 years old in March.

“I can play in the NFL today,” Walker told USA Today. “I couldn’t take every snap. But running backs nowadays don’t play every down. Now they send in the choir section.

“Physically, I can still do it.”

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Walker's last game in the NFL was in the Dallas Cowboys' season-ending loss to the New York Giants in 1997. He returned two kickoffs that day for 36 yards and caught two passes for 16 more. Walker wasn't handed the ball.

Every few years, Walker makes some noise about coming back into the league, as he did in 2011 while promoting a UFC fight. He was a spry 48 at the time.

Perhaps more interest about the USA Today interview is that Walker says Donald Trump — for whom Walker played on the USFL's New Jersey Generals in 1984 and 1985 — would make a good owner of the Buffalo Bills.

“He would be a great owner, and a credible owner,” Walker said.

Walker noted that he had not spoken to Trump since the Bills' ownership opened up following the death of founder Ralph Wilson. But Walker threw his support behind a man he has known for 20 years.

“People can think what they want to think about Jerry Jones — he’s a terrible general manager, but he’s a great owner. He has done a tremendous job in marketing his team to keep it relevant. I think that’s the same thing Donald Trump would do with the Buffalo Bills.”

Walker, as his boasting about playing today would suggest, is a master of promotion. But Trump, he says, is even better at that.

“He may rub some people the wrong way, but you can’t argue with his success as a businessman,” Walker said. “You want an owner with some flair. He knows how to promote.”

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!