One of the most celebrated athletes of his generation, Herschel Walker, was an NFL running back, Olympic bobsledder, and has a fifth-degree black belt in tae kwon do. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1982 as the top college football player.
Walked was the brakeman in the two-person bobsleigh and placed seventh in the 1992 Winter Olympics in France. Representing America in the Olympics was one of his “proudest moments.” He has been critical of theatrical protests related to the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Walker is exploring a run for the United States Senate in Georgia, where he was born, graduated high school as valedictorian, and attended college at the University of Georgia, where he received his Bachelor’s degree.
In a Fox News interview, Walker discussed the importance of patriotic devotion to the country that blessed him with incredible opportunities and success. He asked, “If people don’t like the rules, why are you here? People think I’m very harsh when I say this. This is the United States of America, and if people don’t like the rules here and there’s no doubt we can make some things better, but if people don’t like the rules here, why are you here?”
Gwen Berry, a Hammer-thrower for the US Olympic squad, turned her back on the American flag during the national anthem during the US Olympic track and field trials in Oregon. She was dressed in a t-shirt that advertised her as an “Activist Athlete.” However, the media was uninterested in canceling her due to racist tweets and rape “jokes” on Twitter. That’s a lot of social justice.
USWNT Midfielder Megan Rapinoe kneels during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racial injustice across sports. She has said that she supports Colin Kaepernick’s protests. At the Tokyo Olympics soccer tournament, the United States women’s national team (USWNT), the Swedish women’s national team, and the referee bent to their knees in protest. Men’s national teams in Europe also protest racism by kneeling before kick-off. It was a symbol of resistance against racism and discrimination, which has been universally condemned. But for some Americans, this act, primarily if targeted toward the flag or anthem, veers into previous attacks on America as a systematically racist nation.
Walker pointed out that many athletes come from nations with massive restrictions on personal freedom. He speculated that many people in other countries “would love to represent the United States of America.”
Walker recognizes that our freedom of speech allows people to share this great nation. But he disapproves of spineless leaders who support social justice protests which attack the USA, “It’s very sad to me because of any other country. I can promise you they would not be representing that country. I disagree with it, but they have the right to do it, even though I think it’s wrong. We have to have leaders that are going to stand up and say the right thing.”
“When I started seeing the United States flag and started seeing the people, the uniform, all my teammates from all different sports coming into that stadium, it almost brought a tear to my eye when I started thinking of where I grew up as a boy in my little hometown, and now having the chance to represent the United States of America. I couldn’t have been more proud of anything. All of my brothers and sisters were White, but I was prouder than anything. I would’ve died for that group over in France if I had my family. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I grew up in South Georgia, never, never could have dreamed of anything like that.”
Walker’s routine of 750-1,500 push-ups and 2,000 sit-ups per day while eating one meal keeps him fit.