Story caught my eye recently of a 48 year old man, Herschel Walker, winning his second MMA fight. Thinking it odd that a man was almost my dad’s age was beating up 20-somethings and also impressed by his athleticism (and his near lack of a neck in the picture), I investigated. Upon further inspection of him on ye olde wikipedia and through a few articles, I came across some very interesting facts:
-He was a high school/college football superstar, making it to the college football hall of fame, 3 time All-American, was in the top three for the Heisman trophy every season he played and won it in 82′.
-Played 11 years in the NFL from 1986-1997 during which he rushed for 8225 yards and 61 touchdowns.
-5th degree black belt in Tae kwon do
-Unorthodox workout/diet regime including one meal a day and up to 3,500 sit-ups, a thousand push-ups, several wind sprints, quarter-mile dashes and a two-mile run a day and apparently he has been doing this since high school.
-Nearly made the Olympic team in the sprint relay BUT made the two man bobsled team and placed 7th in the 1992 winter Olympics.
-Owns his own food service company, “Renaissance Man Food Services“, a fitting title, which employs 100 people.
-Suffers from dissociative identity disorder (commonly know as multiple personality disorder), but has been getting help with his condition and feels like he has recovered by gaining back control.
-Is from the future where he is only considered mediocre amongst a race of super-evolved humans.
Then, back in September 2009, he signed on with “Strikeforce”, to train and fight at an unspecified date. Well, two wins later, it looks like just one more successful endeavour for Walker. I particularly admire how he has done all of this while dealing with a serious mental illness.
It can’t help but beg the question, is he actually human? Is this guy for real? Will he one day peel off his skin to reveal a robot inside and then proceed to take over the world? I do think if he actually is revealed to be human, his DNA should be analyzed and used for my legion of clone soldiers. But before that happens, what else can we expect from Mr. Incredible? Well, he has been talking about a return to football, and could break the record for oldest person to play in an NFL game. The record is held by George Blanda at 48 years, 109 days and although many question whether a team would pick him up, I am ready to see the impossible.
All the best, Shukhov