Football Legend Herschel Walker Endorses Trump

Dan Mennella
August 25, 2020 - 10:44 am

College Football Hall of Famer and former Olympic bobsledder Herschel Walker endorsed President Trump in his bid for reelection during the Republican National Convention on Monday night.

Walker, who played for the Trump-owned New Jersey Generals of the defunct USFL in the 1980s, appeared in a previously recorded three-minute video, and said that he takes exception when his longtime friend is called a racist.

"It hurts my soul to hear the terrible names that people call Donald," Walker said. "The worst one is 'racist.' I take it as a personal insult that people would think I've had a 37-year friendship with a racist. People who think that, don't know what they're talking about.

"Growing up in the deep South, I've seen racism up close. I know what it is -- and it isn't Donald Trump. Just because someone loves and respects the flag, our national anthem, and our country, doesn't mean they don't care about social justice. I care about all those things. So does Donald Trump."

Walker, a Georgia native who starred at the University of Georgia where he won the Heisman Trophy in 1982, has been active in conservative politics for several years.

He previously signaled his support for Trump during the 2016 election, and has publicly sided with him in the years since, including on the matter of players kneeling in protest during the national anthem. In 2018, Trump appointed Walker to the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. Walker also endorsed eventual winner Brian Kemp during the hotly contested Georgia governor's race in 2018.

Walker's brilliance on the college gridiron didn't exactly translate to the NFL, but he still carved out a long career as a useful special teams ace and backup running back. Still a paragon of fitness well into his 50s, Walker has dabbled in MMA in recent years and competed for the US bobsled team in 1992.

After starring with the Generals of the USFL, Walker played for the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and Minnesota Vikings in the NFL. He retired in 1997 at age 34.

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