Herschel Walker is one of the most legendary running backs in all of NFL and college football history. Walker excelled in Georgia, which led to him getting into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Walker was no different when turning pro, becoming the face of the USFL. Walker's best season was in 1985, his last in the league before heading to the NFL, where he 2,411 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. That is the most by any running back in any pro football league in history!

However, the USFL did play 18 games in a season, but Walker still topped over 2,000 yards rushing nonetheless. Along with that, Walker played with NFL talent in the USFL, which includes Steve Young and Jim Kelly. So it's not like he was playing against benchwarmers like you would have seen in the Arena leagues or the United Football League.

Walker did play in the NFL, but it wasn't as memorable as what his USFL career was. Walker still managed to rush for over 8,000 rushing yards, and makes a good enough case to be in Canton. However, he'll most likely be remembered for being the highlight of one of the worst sports trades in history when the Minnesota Vikings forked over their entire future to the Dallas Cowboys for the star running back.

Walker spoke with the St. Paul Pioner-Press, and believes his bust should be in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Without a doubt in my mind, I should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Walker said. “You look at my stats without my USFL stats, and I don’t know how you can argue with that. Look at my combined yards. I’m not one to make excuses, so I’ll play by their rules and not even count the USFL stats.”

Walker does have a point. It's not the NFL Hall of Fame. It's the Pro Football Hall of Fame. USFL was a pro football league. Nonetheless, his NFL stats do make a case, but it's just enough.

Despite that, Walker will always be remembered for having an amazing career in football all-around. 

By Josh Dhani


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