Herschel Walker Net Worth
Herschel Walker Net Worth: Herschel Walker is a former professional football player and mixed martial artist who has a net worth of $12 million dollars. During his NFL career Herschel played for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. He actually started his career playing for the New Jersey Generals from 1983 – 1985, which was part of the now-defunct USFL.
Early Life: Herschel Walker was born on March 3, 1962, in Augusta, Georgia. His parents, Willis and Christina Walker, had a total of seven children, and they raised their family in Wrightsville, Georgia. Walker was a student at Johnson County High School, where he was a student athlete and played football and basketball, and also competed in track. During his senior year on the football team, Walker rushed for a total of 3,167 yards, an effort which helped his team, the Trojans, win their first-ever state championship.
Football Career: Following his graduation from high school (he was the valedictorian), Walker attended the University of Georgia, where he was a running back on the football team. At the University of Georgia, he was a stellar player, and was not only a three-time All-American, but also won the Heisman Trophy in 1982, as well as the Maxwell Award. Although Walker only played for three years, during all three of his collegiate seasons he finished in the top three in Heisman voting, making him the only player in NCAA history to achieve this accomplishment. Additionally, he was the first NCAA player who only played for three years to finished in the top 10 in rushing yards. Walker was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, and is widely considered by many to one of the great players of college football. Upon graduation from the University of Georgia, Walker received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Studies.
The three-time All American's professional career began with the USFL New Jersey Generals before the Dallas Cowboys (of the NFL) signed him in 1986. He enjoyed a $5 million five-year contract with the Cowboys. After his first two seasons with the Cowboys included some tension between Walker and teammate Tony Dorsett, who was dissatisfied with the cut in his playing time that happened after Walker joined the team, eventually after Dorsett left for the Denver Broncos, Walker was able to really shine. In 1988, Walker clocked in some impressive statistics; while playing seven different positions (including halfback, fullback, tight end, H-back, and wide receiver), he hit 1,512 rushing yards and 505 receiving yards. This made him the 10th player in the history of the NFL to accumulate more than 2,000 combined rushing and receiving yards in a single season.
In 1989, the Cowboys traded Walker to the Minnesota Vikings. In return for Walker, the Cowboys received five players (Jesse Solomon, Issiac Holt, Darrin Nelson, David Howard, and Alex Stewart), in addition to six future draft picks. Many regarded this trade, also known as the "HWT" (Herschel Walker trade), as an opportunity for the Vikings to secure a Super Bowl run. However, as time went on, it became clear that the true winners of the trade were the Cowboys, and now the HWT is considered one of the most lopsided trades to occur in the NFL. In 1992, Walker joined the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent three seasons there before moving to the New York Giants in 1995. The Giants reportedly offered him a $4.8 million three-year contract. He then moved on to the Dallas Cowboys, rejoining the team in 1996. He retired after the 1997 season, ending his NFL career with the same team that he started with.
Other Athletic Pursuits: In 1992, while he was still an active NFL player, Walker was a competitor in the 1992 Winter Olympics that took place in Albertville, France. He was a member of the USA men's bobsleigh team. He and his teammate, Brian Shimer, competed in the two-man bobsleigh competition, finishing seventh overall.
In 2009, Walker signed with Strikeforce, an MMA promotion company, as a competitor in the heavyweight division. After training at the American Kickboxing Academy for twelve weeks, Walker made his MMA debut in January 2010, against Greg Nagy. Walker won the fight. His second MMA fight took place in January 2011, during which Walker defeated WEC fighter Scott Carson. In addition to his MMA training, Walker is also a practice of taw kwon do; he has a fifth-degree black belt.
Other Projects: Outside of sports, Walker has also occasionally appeared on television in various reality series. He was a cast member on the third season of the show "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off"—he actually was the winner that season. The other show he has appeared on is "Celebrity Apprentice" (2009). He was eliminated from the show during the eighth episode.
Personal Life: In 1983, Walker married Cindy DeAngelis Grossman. The couple were college sweethearts, and have one son together. They divorced in 2002, after 19 years of marriage. He began dating Julie M. Blanchard sometime around the year 2010 (2010 is when they were first romantically linked). They are engaged, and reside in Westlake, Texas. Blanchard is a former ESPN executive.
Walker is a longtime Republican, and is known for being politically active. He was in a 2014 commercial that was paid for by the United State Chamber of Commerce that supported Jack Kingston's campaign for the U.S. Senate election. Other candidates he has publicly expressed his support for include U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, and President Donald Trump. In 2019, Walked was appointed as the Co-Chair of President Trump's Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.
|Net Worth:||$12 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Mar 3, 1962 (58 years old)|
|Height:||6 ft (1.85 m)|
|Profession:||American football player, Athlete|
|Nationality:||United States of America|