Herschel Walker was one of the most physically gifted athletes to ever grace the gridiron. He played college football for the Georgia Bulldogs, running over nearly everyone on his way to a Heisman Trophy and national championship before being drafted into the NFL.
When it comes to athletic freaks, he is at the top rung.
Walker’s genes, combined with his wife who ran track at the University of Georgia, have been passed down to his son, Christian. But unlike many would assume, he’s using his talents for a sport very different from football. Christian is a competitive cheerleader, and a really good one at that.
On Monday morning, Walker sat down with “CBS This Morning” to discuss his son’s success in cheerleading, what it was like being first introduced to it, and how outsiders have reacted to Christian’s sporting choices – he also runs track for his high school.
Christian has had to endure plenty of negative and derogatory comments, but Walker simply lets them go.
“I feel angry, but here I let it go … you have immature people saying that,” Walker stated. “People that do not have a clue. So, I’m not going to put them down, because if I put them down, I become a bully.”
Walker himself was bullied as a child, but eventually took up sports, even ballet, which helped him develop as a young man and athlete.
“I had a speech impediment. I used to stutter so bad, I was overweight,” Walker said with regards to his youth.
If you’re wondering whether or not Walker ever feels disappointment that Christian is not following in his footsteps as a football player, his answer is simple: no.
“No, no I don’t, because I love him so much that if he never played football I’m going to love him as much as I love him now.”
Following is the fantastic interview in its entirety.