By: Sean Cartell
SEC Digital Network
ATLANTA – One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking of Herschel Walker is his world-class speed.
That speed, along with many other aspects of Walker’s life and playing career, will be evidenced in Wednesday night’s 8 p.m. ET ESPNU debut of “Herschel” documentary as part of the SEC’s “Storied” series.
The speed that people think of is Walker blazing down the sideline in Athens for another Bulldog touchdown. What many people fail to realize is that Walker’s accomplishments on the track were nearly equally impressive to those on the gridiron.
As a member of the track and field team at Georgia, Walker was a two-time All-American and his name would regularly be announced in race finals along with Carl Lewis, Stanley Floyd and Harvey Glance, the big names in U.S. sprinting in the 1980s.
He was a unique athlete, not only because of his versatility in competing in two sports at an incredibly high level, but also due to the fact that his size and build didn’t necessary favor being a world-class sprinter.
Walker still ranks among Georgia’s all-time top 10 in the 55-meter dash and the 100-meter dash. He was a member of a 4x100-meter relay team that clocked a time of 39.34 at the 1981 Drake Relays and still stands third all-time in program history.
Walker was a key contributor on Georgia’s 1981 Southeastern Conference Champion 4x100-meter relay team (39.40), a squad that went on to earn All-America honors at the 1981 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Baton Rouge, La. He also was a 1982 Indoor All-America in the 60-yard dash.
While Walker will always be remembered for his football accomplishments, his impressive mark on track and field in the SEC during the early 1980s cannot be overlooked when reviewing his remarkable athletic ability.