Herschel Walker Running Back to Georgia for Senate Campaign

Herschel Walker campaigning for his run for Senate. Photo Credit: Creative Commons

Herschel Walker campaigning for his run for Senate. Photo Credit: Creative Commons

Ansley Tanner

Herschel Walker, commonly referred to as the greatest college football player of all time, is now running for US Senate in Georgia.  


Walker was born in Wrightsville, Georgia in 1962 and received a football scholarship from University of Georgia coach Vince Dooley in 1980. His freshman year season The Bulldogs went undefeated and beat Notre Dame to win the national championship. According to Savannah, Georgia’s website, He drew consensus all-American honors and was third in the Heisman Trophy voting that season, setting records with 1,616 total yards, a rushing average of 146.9 yards, and fifteen touchdowns.” Walker progressed to win the Heisman trophy in 1982, the All-American award three times, and was inducted into the college football Hall of Fame.  


Herschel Walker also took the NFL by storm. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 1986. He was then traded to the Minnesota Vikings followed by the Philadelphia Eagles. Finally, Walker returned to the Cowboys in 1996. The football legend retired in 1997. 


Renaissance Man International is the brand that embodies Herschel Walker. This company is involved with his own food supply company called “Herschel’s Famous 34.” Selling various foods to restaurant chains, a portion of profit is donated to charities. Some of the charities include helping children with speech impediments, because he also had a speech impediment as a child.  


Walker has been an active conservative throughout his time in the spotlight, and now he feels compelled to take stronger action in the Senate with the Georgia seat. He is supported by former president Donald Trump and current Georgia Governor Brian Kemp to run against current Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock who is the first Black senator in the state, elected in January last year.  


AP News reports that Herschel Walker has a questionable past to be up to the standard of the US Senate. Walker ‘certainly could bring a lot of things to the table,’ Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, said in a recent interview. ‘But as others have mentioned, there’s also a lot of questions out there.’” Some of these past issues include a messy divorce with his ex-wife. He allegedly threatened her life and lied about financial status. Walker has been known to be unpredictable, however, he has been diagnosed with the mental illness dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder.  


DID is commonly associated with childhood trauma, and this is the case with Walker considering his childhood obesity and speech impediment. He was bullied and claims this caused him to have more violent behavior. AP News elaborates, “The National Alliance on Mental Illness describes dissociative identity disorder as ‘alternating between multiple identities,’ leaving a person with ‘gaps in memory of everyday events.’ It notes men with the disorder ‘exhibit more violent behavior rather than amnesia.’” 


Although Herschel Walker has not verified his intentions, it is clear that he will be moving to Georgia from Texas to run for Senate as a result of him changing voting addresses. However, this previous long-time residency along with his mental disorder and past unpredictability may stand in the way of his campaign.  


Three other Republican candidates are running against Walker in the election. Gary Black, Kelvin King, and Latham Saddler are the opponents. They do not view Walker as qualified for the position based on his previous actions.  


Senior, 18-year-old, TJ Anderson said, “Being a Georgia fan does not change my opinion on Herschel Walker. I would not vote for him.” Only time will tell how Herschel Walker runs his campaign and the results of the election.