Herschel Walker is a former all-American football running back who played in the National Football League for 12 seasons. The Georgia native made a name for himself throughout the 80s and 90s due to his athletic ability on the field. Currently, he is the Republican challenger in the 2022 United States Senate in Georgia against Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock. Walker started his football career at the college level while attending the University of Georgia.
Walker achieved recognition and acclaim in his junior year of college by winning the Heisman Trophy. Over the course of his professional football career, Walker played for six different franchised teams. He first played with the New Jersey Generals while competing in the now-defunct United States Football League and earned the league MVP in 1985. Walker played with the Dallas Cowboys during his debut in the NFL from 1986 until 1989. While with the Cowboys, he won two Pro Bowl awards.
He played briefly for the Minnesota Vikings from 1989 until 1991 after being traded by the Cowboys. Walker was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1992 for two seasons before leaving to play for the New York Giants in 1995. He returned to the Cowboys in the final years of his career. His accomplishments during his college football career earned him a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame two years after his professional retirement in 1999.
Walker, a political outsider, won the Republican Senate nomination in Georgia by an overwhelming majority of the vote after receiving the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. However, the race between Walker and first-term Sen. Warnock is headed to a runoff because neither candidate received a majority vote in the general election. Warnock held a slim lead over Walker in the general election with 49.4% of the vote, according to the Fox News Decision Desk.