Who would you rather have as your star running back on your college football team: Herschel Walker (Georgia) or Archie Griffin (The Ohio State)?
Herschel Junior Walker was born on March 3, 1962 in Wrightsville, Georgia. Herschel attended Johnson County High School in Wrightsville, where he played football. His senior year he rushed for 3,167 yards helping the Trojans win their first state championship. He was awarded the first Dial Award in 1979 as national high school scholar-athlete of the year.
Herschel played for Vince Dooley's Georgia Bulldogs from 1980 to 1982. While there, Herschel’s teams went 33-3, won the National championship in 1980, won three SEC conference championships and never lost a conference game. Herschel only played three years in college. His college career stats are below:
|Herschel Walker's College Stats|
|1983||Left college early to play in the United States Football League.|
Herschel was a three-time All-American and winner of the 1982 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award. He is the only player in NCAA history to finish in the top three in Heisman voting in all three of his collegiate seasons. He is the only NCAA player who played only three years to finish in the top ten in rushing yards. During his freshman season in 1980, Walker set the NCAA freshman rushing record and finished third in Heisman voting. Walker was the first "true freshman" to become a first-team All-American. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
Archie Mason Griffin was born on August 21, 1954 in Columbus, Ohio. Archie attended Eastmoor High School in Columbus, Ohio. His senior year he rushed for 1,787 yards and scored over 170 points in 11 games, including 29 touchdowns. In his senior year he led his team to the he Columbus City League championship, rushing for 267 yards on 31 carries in the title game against Linden-McKinley High School.
Archie played for legendary coach Woody Hayes from 1972 to 1975. While at The Ohio State his teams went 40-5-1, his first three years his teams were Big Ten Co-Champions, his senior year they were Big Ten Champions, and his last three years various polls and selectors named the Buckeyes National Champions (however these championships are not recognized by The Ohio State and were not consensus National Championships.) His teams also never lost to arch rival Michigan going 3-0-1. His career stats are below:
|Archie Griffin's College Stats|
|* Note:||Archie's teammate Pete Johnson scored 26 TDs that year and was the primarty short yardage back for the Buckeyes that season.|
Archie was a consensus All-American in 1974 and 1975. As a sophomore he finished 5th in the Heisman voting. He won the Heisman his junior and senior years; still the only player to win this twice. He is a two time winner of the Big 10 Most Valuable Player Award (1973–1974), two time UPI Player of the Year (1974-1975), Maxwell Award winner (1975) and Sporting News Man of the Year (1975). Griffin is also one of two players in NCAA history to start in four Rose Bowl games. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
So there you have it. Two legendary running backs. Which one do you choose to be your star running back for your college team, based on their college career, not their pro career afterwards? Please comment via the button below. However, before you do that watch the videos of the two players:
Herschel Walker video ---> follow this link to video
Archie Griffin video ---> follow this link to video