Georgia running back Herschel Walker announced today that he will return to college for at least one more year and will not now challenge the National Football League's rule that prohibits its teams from drafting college underclassmen.
Walker, who will be a junior in the fall, said, "I still feel the NFL rule is basically unconstitutional. However, I don't want to interfere with the system that's designed to be the best for the majority of the people involved. I've discussed the situation with my family and they are in agreement with my decision."
Walker cited several reasons for remaining at Georgia, including not wanting to influence other underclassmen to leave school early for the NFL, his mother's wish for him to obtain a college degree and that at age 20 he is just too young to play professional football and can mature at the university.
He left the option open for his senior year.
After only two years of football at Georgia, Walker owns six NCAA rushing records, 15 school records, and eight Southeastern Conference records. His 1,616 yards rushing as a freshman led Georgia to a national championship in 1980.
Much of the state was on edge until Walker announced his decision, which he said he reached Sunday. Seven television crews recorded his press conference and WGST radio in Atlanta broke into regular programming of 99 stations throughout the South to broadcast Walker's decision live from the football dormitory.
"Deep down inside, I really didn't know what I wanted to do," Walker said. "I'm a little bit too young to step into something I wasn't ready for. I still feel I can play in that league, but I'm not mentally prepared at this time. I thought I could win an NFL suit.
"I just wanted to have the option; the right to decide for myself whether I went or stayed. But I didn't really want to mess up a system that existed for 40 years. I reckon if I came out now, there might be other kids come out. I could have messed up a lot of people's lives."