It may be called the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but for all intents and purposes it only focuses on accomplishments from the NFL and to a lesser extent the AFL. This is too bad for Herschel Walker who chalked up monster totals in his first three years of Pro Football, but did so as a member of the New Jersey Generals of the upstart United States Football League.
Walker would go to the Dallas Cowboys and would forever try to live up to the Play Station like numbers he put up in College and in the USFL. Walker was still very good, and put up good numbers for Dallas in both receiving and running the ball. He was however the focal point of one of the more lopsided trades in NFL history where the Vikings sent five players and a multitude of draft picks (three of which were Emmitt Smith, Alvin Harper and Darren Woodson). Dallas would use this to build a dynasty of the 90’s, and Minnesota coaches took there frustration out on Walker who was not used to the best of his ability while as a Viking. Herschel was still good, but his stock dramatically went down.
That lopsided trade took away from his legacy, but Herschel Walker should be remembered as a great Running Back who contributed in pass and kick return situations. If he were a rookie today coming out of Georgia, where this is no USFL would he have had a shot to shatter NFL rushing records?
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin: Wrightsville, Georgia, U.S.A.
Eligible Since: 2007
Position: Running Back
Played for: Dallas Cowboys Minnesota Vikings Philadelphia Eagles New York Giants
Drafted: 5th Round, 114th Overall in 1985
Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl Selections (2) (1987 & 1988) Second Team All Pro Selection (2) (1987 & 1988) Most Yards From Scrimmage (1) (1987) Most All Purpose Yards (2) (1987 & 1990)
Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (2) (1987 & 1988) Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (5) (1986, 1987, 1988, 1991 & 1992) Top Ten Finishes: Yards/Rushing Attempt (4) (1986, 1987, 1993 & 1994) Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards/Game (2) (1987 & 1988) Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (2) (1986 & 1987) Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (4) (1992, 1993, 1994 & 1996) Top Ten Finishes: Yards from Scrimmage (4) (1986, 1987, 1988 & 1993) Top Ten Finishes: All Purpose Yards (7) (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993 & 1994)
Notable All Time Rankings: 8. All Purpose Yards: 18,168 27. Kick Return Yards: 5,084 35. Rushing Yards: 8,225 36. Yards from Scrimmage: 13,084 38. Rushing Touchdowns: 61 42. Touchdowns: 84 100. Receptions: 512