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This Day in Georgia History

March 03, 1962

Herschel Walker Born

To view an image of Herschel Walker, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Football great Herschel Walker was born in Wrightsville, Georgia. The Johnson County High School running back was considered one of the top college prospects in the country. After extensive recruiting in the spring of 1980, Walker decided to sign with the University of Georgia Bulldogs. That fall, his impact was immediate and incredible. Walker was the catalyst that transformed a very good Georgia team into an undefeated national champion. During his three-year career at Georgia, the Bulldogs won 33 games while losing only three. In 1982 Walker was awarded the Heisman Trophy, symbolic of the best college football player in the nation. Walker went on to a successful professional football career with Donald Trump’s USFL New Jersey Generals. After the USFL folded, Walker played for the NFL Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants. He retired from professional football in 1998. The following year, in his first year of eligibility, Walker was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.