June 23, 1992 |
The Philadelphia Eagles signed free agent running back Herschel Walker to a two-year contract Monday. Walker was released this spring by the Minnesota Vikings, who got him from the Dallas Cowboys for five players and eight draft choices in 1989. Minnesota cut Walker, 30, earlier this month rather than re-sign him for his 1991 salary of $1.7 million. "I think the Eagles can get to the Super Bowl, and I want to be a part of it," Walker said.
October 21, 1990 |
Expensively attired in a double-breasted gray sports jacket, black slacks, white shirt and silk tie, Herschel Walker stood in the middle of the visitors' locker room Monday night at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia and tried to make sense of his great fall from grace. But his flawless appearance belied the confusion he felt inside. At first, Walker denied he was shaken by the poorest performance of his career, but then, he changed his mind. "I did feel shaken," Walker said.
January 7, 1990 |
To lure him northward, the Minnesota Vikings gave Herschel Walker a mansion, lots of money and every assurance that the endorsement conglomerate he built in Dallas would play just as well on television sets and billboards across the frozen tundra. Thirteen weeks later, it appears there was one significant omission. The football is one creature comfort Walker is learning to live without. "I think everybody is probably surprised," 49er linebacker Mike Walter said.
August 13, 1986 |
The Dallas Cowboys rarely hold formal press conferences at their preseason training camp at Cal Lutheran University. They hardly ever hold press conferences anywhere for unsigned players. They never hold press conferences for fifth-round draft choices. They did all of the above here Tuesday. But then, there has never been a fifth-round draft choice quite like running back Herschel Walker. Some running back! Arms like a blacksmith, legs like a weightlifter, smile like a choir boy.
October 29, 1986 |
Monday night's victory by the New York Giants over the Washington Redskins marked the end of the first half season of play in the National Football League. So who stood out in that first half? Some nominations: --Most valuable player: Herschel Walker, Dallas Cowboys. He accomplished the most for his team, contributing both athletically and as a morale booster. He lifted the formerly troubled Cowboys by gaining 483 yards rushing, 405 receiving.
November 8, 1986 |
On a pleasant, fall afternoon in Dallas last month, as the Cowboys worked on their pass offense, it was a simple matter to spot Herschel Walker. He was the one wearing gloves. Gloves in October? Is this guy some kind of hypochondriac? You can be sure he isn't. His explanation was that of a man whose job is the biggest part of his life. "It's harder to catch passes with gloves on," Walker said. "So I do it to improve my concentration."