Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker

Details

  • Position: Running Back
  • School: Georgia
  • High School: Wrightsville, GA (Johnson County HS)
  • Years: 1980-1982
  • Inducted: 1999
  • Place of Birth: Wrightsville, GA
  • Date of Birth: Mar 03, 1962
  • Jersey Number: 34
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 222

Member Biography

Herschel Walker played three years at Georgia and was unanimous All-America every year. When he left after his junior year, he owned 41 school records, 16 Southeastern Conference records, and 11 NCAA records. As a freshman in 1980, he led Georgia to a 12-0 record and the national championship. United Press International named him Back of the Year. He rushed for 1,616 yards. This was an NCAA record for a freshman and lasted until 1996. In the Sugar Bowl he rushed for 150 yards and was named Outstanding Player as Georgia beat Notre Dame 17-10. Georgia had records of 10-2 in 1981 and 11-1 in 1982. Walker placed third in Heisman Trophy voting in 1980, second in 1981, first in 1982. In 33 regular-season games he scored 55 touchdowns, and rushed for 5,259 yards (an average of 159 a game). His best games in rushing yardage were 283, 265, 235, 225, 219 (3 times), 215, and 205. Walker was 6-2 in height and weighed 222. He also starred in track. In high school at Wrightsville, GA, he was state champ in the 100-yard dash (9.9 seconds) and shot put (53 feet). After he left Georgia, Walker played three years in the U. S. Football League with the New Jersey Generals 1983-1985, and 12 years in the National Football League with Dallas, Minnesota, Philadelphia, and the New York Giants 1986-97. Walker worked on charity drives. He donated $100,000 for a new building at the University of Georgia, $100,000 for a scholarship and $10,000 to the Vince Dooley Library Fund. In 1998 he was named to the board of trustees of the University of Georgia Foundation.