Herschel Walker - Updated Sep 2023

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Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker is a former American football player. Herschel Walker won the Heisman Trophy in the year 1982. The former professional player is one of the greatest college football players of all time.

Early life

The 60-year-old Herschel was born on March 3, 1962. He was born in Augusta, Georgia. He was raised in Wrightsville, Georgia. Similarly, he holds an American nationality.

Likewise, His parents are his father Willis Walker, and his mother Christine Walker. He was born in a family of nine including six of his siblings.

The names of his siblings are; Willis Walker Jr., Veronica Richard, Lorenza Walker, Carol Walker, Evangelist Sharon King, and Renneth Walker.

In his childhood, He suffered from obesity and stuttered while speaking. However, his mother motivated him to do better in life and not use those as excuses if he ever fails in life.

Herschel Walker

Caption: Childhood photo of Herschel Walker. Source: The Athletic Build


Herschel studied at Johnson County High School after he completed his elementary schooling. He was always active in different sports activities during his high school years.

Similarly, he started his career as an athlete in high school. He was involved in sports like football, basketball, and track and field.

He even entered several competitions during that period. For his further studies, he went to the University of Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia in Criminal Justice.

Awards and Nominations

Herschel Walker was indeed an extraordinary player. He won numerous awards throughout his entire career as a footballer.

The first-ever award he won was the 1982 Heisman Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding college football player of a particular year. Similarly, the same year he was also awarded the Maxwell Award.

Later in the same year, he also won the Walter Camp Player of the Year.

Likewise, he has won Sporting News College Football Player of the Year. Among many awards won by him, UPI College Football Player of the Year (1982) is also one of them.

He was also awarded the Chic Harley Award in the year 1982. In the year 2008, he won SI’s All-Time College All-Star as well.

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Caption: Herschel Walker was photographed while receiving an award. Source: Instagram

Net Worth

The net worth of the former professional football player is around $12 million. Herschel’s main source of income was his career as a professional footballer.

However, he also earned a certain sum of money through his involvement in different television shows.  However, his exact earning stats are not available on the web.


College Career

His career started in high school, where he found his never before known interest in sports. He is to date one of the most impressive players in the history of college games.

He led his team in both the sports of football and track and field during his high school years into state championships. While being so good at sports, he never lost his focus on his studies.

He was always a good student and did well in his academics as well as performed brilliantly in sports.

After joining the University of Georgia for his further studies, he set a record by being the only player in the history of the NCAA to finish in the top three in Heisman voting in three of his collegiate seasons.

Similarly, he was the first-ever freshman to become a first-team-all-American. He led his team from Georgia University to many victories against other teams in various championships.

However, he put an end to his college career as a college football player after he turned professional.

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Caption: A still-shot of Herschel Walker during a game. Source: AJC.com

Professional career

He signed with the New Jersey Generals in the year 1983. Also, he performed phenomenally in the league, to the point where he dominated the entire league.

He set the records in professional football for a single season. Later in his career, he joined the Dallas Cowboys in the year 1986.  At one of the highest points during his career, the Cowboys traded Him to the Minnesota Vikings.

However, 4 years later, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles in the year 1992. he soon left Philadelphia after player for three seasons. He was signed by the New York Giants for a $4.8 million contract.

He brought an end to his career as a professional football player in the year 1997 after ending the season with the Dallas Cowboys.


Relationship Status

Herschel Walker was married to his sweetheart Cindy DeAngelis Grossman. They married in the year 1983. They have a baby who was born after 16 years of their marriage.

However, the couple soon separated in the year 2002, three years after their child was born. The reason for their separation is most likely his illness which caused him to use violence against her.

Herschel Walker – Body Measurement

Herschel Walker is 6 feet 1 inches tall and weighs about 102kg. Similarly, he has black hair. Likewise, he has dark brown eyes. He maintained a strong athletic build during his years as a professional footballer.

However, the rest of his body measurements are not available on the web.

Herschel Walker – Social Media

He is active on different social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter. He is on Instagram as @therealherschel34. Similarly, he has 61.5k followers on his account currently and 30 posts.

Likewise, he goes by the username @HerschelWalker and has 392.9k followers on his Twitter account.