Herschel Walker has ideas about Donald Trump and playing in NFL at 52

Herschel Walker says he could still do this. (Michael Mulvey / Reuters)

Donald Trump has serious interest in becoming an NFL owner and one of his former USFL players thinks he’d be good for the league.

Herschel Walker, who played for Trump’s New Jersey Generals of the ill-fated USFL in 1984 and 1985, says Trump would be “a great owner and a credible owner.”

Trump would like to purchase the Buffalo Bills, who are up for sale after the death of Ralph Wilson and Walker, in an interview with USA Today, sees similarities between Trump and an NFL owner he played for.

“People can think what they want to think about Jerry Jones — he’s a terrible general manager, but he’s a great owner. He has done a tremendous job in marketing his team to keep it relevant. I think that’s the same thing Donald Trump would do with the Buffalo Bills.”

Never mind that Trump sued the league and that owners never forget that sort of thing.

“He may rub some people the wrong way, but you can’t argue with his success as a businessman,” Walker said. “You want an owner with some flair. He knows how to promote.”

That, he does. In fact, he’d be just the guy to make something of Walker’s other proclamation in the interview with Jarrett Bell.

“I can play in the NFL today,” Walker, who is 52 and hasn’t played since 1997, said. “I couldn’t take every snap, but running backs nowadays don’t play every down. Now they send in the choir section. Physically, I can still do it.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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