Don’t call it a comeback. Unless, of course, your name is Herschel Walker. Back in 2015, despite being 53 years old at the time and not having played in the NFL since 1997, the two-time Pro Bowler was convinced he could still compete in today’s game. While discussing the matter on the Boomer & Carton radio show, the former running back was nothing but confident.
“There is not a doubt in my mind,” Walker said. Of course, were he ever to truly give this a shot, he’d still need some pretty good wheels. However, according to Walker, he can still fly. “The last time I ran a 40, I ran a 4.3,” Walker said. “That was like a year ago. That was when I had not been doing any track work. All I had been doing was [MMA].”
The truth is, Walker lost us the moment he started talking about mixed martial arts. But that didn’t make what he said any less intriguing. We certainly admire his enthusiasm and confidence. He’d need both of those things if he ever really wanted to come out of retirement and battle in the NFL.
We’d love to believe that this is an actual possibility. However, the skeptic in us reminds us that it isn’t. Still, that doesn’t mean we won’t play the game anyway. If Walker is convinced he could make a comeback, then why can’t other players? With that in mind, here are 11 retired NFL players who we believe could still play in today’s NFL.