When Herschel retired after the 1997 season, his 18,168 all-purpose yards ranked second in NFL history. Only Walter Payton gained more.
retired, only Marcus Allen and Lenny Moore had more receiving yards as a running back. Herschel’s 4,859 receiving yards are more than hall-of-fame running backs Walter Payton, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, Thurman Thomas, Tony Dorsett, Jim Brown, Eric Dickerson, Franco Harris, OJ Simpson, John Riggins, Joe Perry, Leroy Kelly, Floyd Little, Jim Taylor, Earl Campbell, and Larry Csonka. Walker
Herschel’s 5,084 kickoff return yards may be an NFL record. No hall-of-fame running back has more. He is the only player to gain 4,000 yards three different ways: rushing, receiving and kickoff returns.
Among hall-of-fame running backs, only Emmitt Smith (226), Marcus Allen (222) and Walter Payton (190) played in more NFL games than
It goes without saying that Herschel’s career NFL statistics dwarf those of
Herschel was the first player in NFL history to score touchdowns of more than 90 yards rushing, receiving, and returning, in the same year (1994). He is the only player to record an 84+ yard touchdown run and an 84+ yard touchdown reception, in the same game (December 14, 1986). That same day, he had 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving.
Walker is the only player besides Derrick Mason to have 10,000+ yards from scrimmage and 5,000+ return yards (kickoff returns).
He is one of six players (Jim Brown, Lenny Moore, Marcus Allen, Marshall Faulk, and Thurman Thomas) to exceed 60 touchdowns rushing and 20 touchdowns receiving.
Holding Herschel back: he played on losing teams. In the Super Bowl era, thirteen of the 21
running backs played in the Super Bowl. Only four played on losers: Barry Sanders, OJ Simpson, Floyd Little, and Earl Campbell. HOF Walker scored more NFL touchdowns than Simpson, Little, and . Often his team’s only offensive threat, Herschel produced these obviously hall-of-fame worthy numbers despite having entire defenses keying on him. Backs on winning teams often had numerous offensive threats. Emmitt Smith, Thurman Thomas, Tony Dorsett, Franco Harris, Joe Perry, Lenny Moore, Jim Taylor, Larry Csonka, and Paul Hornung are prime examples. Campbell
With these NFL career numbers, why is Herschel not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame?