HERSCHEL Walker is a former athlete and NFL pro turned Republican politician.
Walker made an announcement about his plans for his political career in August 2021.
Who is Herschel Walker?
Walker is not only a retired football player but also a bobsledder, sprinter, and mixed martial artist.
Born 1962 in Wrightsville, Georgia, he formerly played college football for the University of Georgia.
He is considered one of the greatest college football players of all time and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
During his professional football career, he played for the Minnesota Vikings, the Philidelphia Eagles, and the New York Giants.
Walker retired at the end of the 1997 season as one of the most versatile NFL players of all time, gaining over 8,000 yards rushing, over 4,000 yards receiving, and over 5,000 kickoff yards, according to Big Time Football.
Walker is currently married to Julie Blanchard.
It was reported that Walker and Blanchard had been together for over a decade before tying the knot in May 2021, her age and occupation still remain unknown.
Walker has one son, Christian Walker, who was born in September 1999. Walker had Christian with his ex-wife, Cindy DeAngelis Grossman, whom he divorced in 2002.
Is Herschel Walker running for senate?
In August 2021, Walker announced that he was running for US Senate.
The ex-football player filed paperwork to run for Senate and to challenge Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock in the southern state of Georgia in 2022.
Walker, 59, is a Republican and has support from former president Donald Trump.
"He would be unstoppable, just like he was when he played for the Georgia Bulldogs, and in the NFL. He is also a GREAT person. Run Herschel, run!" Trump, 75, said in a statement in March 2021.
But Herschel only recently moved to the state from Texas, according to Axios.
Walker registered to vote in Georgia and became a resident of the state just last week, the outlet noted.
A pair of filings with the Federal Election Commission were made for Herschel’s campaign and reveal that the Walker campaign website was registered by the South Carolina-based firm Push Digital.
So far, there are three other candidates running for the Republican nomination, those include:
- Gary Black, Georgia's agriculture commissioner
- Kelvin King, a Black military veteran and construction company owner who had helped Trump launch his "Black Voices" coalition back in 2019
- Latham Saddler, a Navy veteran, and banking executive
Why did Herschel Walker receive backlash?
In October 2021, Walker came under fire after he did not condemn one of his fundraiser hosts for appearing to use a Swastika in her profile picture on Twitter.
As a result of the backlash, his campaign called off the event, which was scheduled to take place at the Texas home of Bettina Sofia Viviano-Langlais.
Viviano-Langlais removed the image, which featured anti-vax syringes in Swastika formation after a story was published by the Atlanta Constitution Journal about the image.
Prior to canceling the event entirely, Walker’s campaign spokeswoman said the swastika is “clearly an anti-mandatory vaccination graphic.” However, the campaign contradicted its earlier remarks by then condemning the image.
“Despite the fact that the apparent intent behind the graphic was to condemn government vaccine mandates,” the campaign said, “the symbol used is very offensive and does not reflect the values of Herschel Walker or his campaign.”
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