Herschel Walker: ‘I Know I Could Play In NFL Today’

Herschel Walker is 53 years old but can still run a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash.

Or so he says.

Brandon Tierney and Chris Simms had to throw the challenge flag on that one. A 4.3? Really? Was this a 40-yard dash or a 35?

“Well, it may have been a 35,” Walker said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney, chuckling. “But sometimes I can’t count, being from Georgia. So I’m going to count it as 40.”

Walker, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1982 and played professionally from 1983 to 1997, thinks he could play in the NFL today.

“Well, I don’t think it; I know it,” he said. “I tell people all the time: If you think it, that means you have a doubt. I’m telling you I don’t have a doubt. I know I can play because of the way the running back situation is today. Right now, everyone is telling me that they’re devaluing running backs, and I said, ‘Not really – because if you want to win the game, you go to the running game.’ But I know I can get in there and return kickoffs or I can do third down. I can do some things. I know I can contribute to a team and do something positive for them.”

Walker accounted for more than 14,000 total yards in this NFL career and was part of one of the most infamous trades of all time. In 1989, Dallas shipped him to Minnesota for five players and six draft picks.

“When it first happened, I was shocked,” Walker said. “It was sort of like Jimmy Johnson just said, ‘Herschel, we just traded you to Minnesota. What do you think?’ I’m thinking, ‘(Dallas is) where my home is. You traded me to Minnesota?’”

In the end, though, Walker said the trade “worked out great.”

“We were not a great team at that time,” he said. “We were decent, but we were not a great team at all – not the kind of team the Cowboys are used to. To work out a deal like that, it’s a deal that’ll never work out again.”

Speaking of deals, current Cowboy Dez Bryant is looking for a new one and is threatening to hold out if he doesn’t get one. Dallas used its franchise tag on Bryant this season.

He is slated to make just under $13 million.

“Well, it’s real sad to me,” Walker said. “I know Dez, and Dez is a competitor. You get into agents and agents tell you to hold out. Players want to go play because they just want to play, but (agents are) saying you got to get more money. It’s sad that Dez (might) have to do something like that to get more money. Today, the way the economy is, for them to say ‘Well, that’s not enough, I want more, I’m not playing,’ that’s sad. I wish Dez could go into camp and . . . get this worked out because you don’t want to miss time. Dez got to be a leader. The Cowboys are on the verge of doing something good this year. If they can’t get one of their superstars into camp, it’s going to hurt their team.”

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