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Herschel Walker: ‘You can’t throw everything on concussions’

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Herschel Walker certainly knows football.

He was possibly the best player in the history of the University of Georgia program. He was one of the faces of the now defunct USFL. He became the icon for a trade that helped build the Dallas Cowboys into one of the best franchises of the 1990s.

Now Walker has told USA Today that he believes the long-term effects of concussions are being exaggerated. He thinks it has become a catch-all excuse for players whose lives have taken a turn for the worse.

“Everybody blames everything on concussions,” Herschel Walker told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “The NFL has a problem. It has to determine the difference between (the effects of) concussions and depression. If players lose their money, or wife, or children because of what they’re doing, they’ll act different. But you can’t throw everything on concussions.”

Walker, who suffered a concussion while playing at Georgia before Charles Tillman Authentic Jersey he won the 1982 Heisman Trophy, works with the U.S. military in efforts to treat soldiers who had concussions. And he chronicled his own mental health issues in his 2008 memoir Breaking Free, in which he discussed dissaciative identity disorder, formerly known as so-called multiple personality disorder.

Walker also has been outspoken against any drugs, including aspirin — and especially performance-enhancing drugs. And he might have aspirations in politics.

Drug use in sports, he says, “Absolutely insults me. … Lance Armstrong is a jerk.” And in the country at large, “Marijuana used to be considered so bad. Now states are voting to legalize it. What’s next? Legalizing cocaine?”

If Walker, who lives in Dallas, sounds a bit like a politician, don’t be surprised: He says he’s vaguely interested in running for public office — although he says he doesn’t know if he’d run as a Republican or Democrat.

He’ll be on Capitol Hill Wednesday as part of a delegation representing sporting goods manufacturers lobbying for a continuation of federal funding for grants to schools for physical education as well as for new proposed legislation that would allow consumers to spend money from their health saving accounts on sports gear or other things that improve their health.

Walker, who’s helped with that lobbying since 2000, says he’s partly motivated by personal experience: “P.E. was my life in school. Without it, I wouldn’t be standing here. It gave me confidence when I was an overweight kid with a speech impediment.”

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