Herschel Walker “Storied” Documentary debuts on ESPNU September 7

ESPN is set to debut their “Storied” documentary series “highlighting the traditions, rivalries and unique stories of the Southeastern Conference.” The series debuts on Wednesday, September 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU with the episode “Herschel” about former UGA running back Herschel Walker.

About the film (from ESPN)

Produced in conjunction with NASCAR Media Group, Herschel explores how Herschel Walker’s career in the SEC was legendary, but his journey off the field was filled with struggle, pain, and ultimately, redemption. Growing up in rural Georgia, Walker was relentlessly bullied for being overweight and having a severe stutter. He turned those taunts into motivation, transforming himself into a superior athlete. Unable to afford weight training equipment, Walker self-trained by doing 5,000 pushups and sit-ups every day after school, racing oncoming locomotive trains and running barefoot in 100-degree heat while pulling a 50-pound tire.

He would become a star running back in high school and shatter state records. At Georgia, Walker led the school to its only undisputed national championship, was a three-time All-American and winner of the 1982 Heisman Trophy. He is considered one of the SEC’s and college football’s greatest players ever. But despite those accomplishments, Walker endured mental anguish for years over the unresolved childhood traumas. Eventually he was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder and underwent intensive psychotherapy to heal.

The film includes interviews with Walker’s family, former Georgia coaches Vince Dooley and Mike Cavan, and teammates Frank Ros and Joe Happe, as well as his high school coach, his psychotherapist, former Dallas Morning News writer Skip Bayless and former USFL New Jersey Generals owner Donald Trump.

Quotes

Walker on being bullied: “I used to pay kids money to talk to me or to be nice to me….There are so many kids out there that are suffering and hurting, that if I can speak out about it and touch someone’s soul, that makes me feel better than winning the Heisman trophy.”

Dooley: “I think Herschel is the greatest that’s ever been.”

Happe: “The impact Herschel has had on the SEC is unprecedented. His legacy will never die.”

Trump: “Herschel is a high quality human being. Football is the least of it. He is just somebody special.”

More in UGA Football

Georgia Bulldogs

Budget of $117 Million, Indoor Athletic Facility, Contract Extension for Fox Highlight Board Meeting

UGA Sports CommunicationsMay 21, 2015
Chad Clay

4-Star DB Chad Clay Commits to UGA for 2016

Kevin KelleyMay 18, 2015
Tyler Clark

4-Star DT Tyler Clark Commits to UGA for 2016

Kevin KelleyMay 15, 2015
image

UGA Junior WR Blake Tibbs to Transfer

Kevin KelleyMay 13, 2015
Everett Golson

Report: Everett Golson to Visit UGA on Tuesday

Kevin KelleyMay 8, 2015
G-Day Game

2016 G-Day Game Set for April 16

Kevin KelleyMay 8, 2015
Everett Golson

Could Notre Dame QB Everett Golson Transfer to UGA?

Kevin KelleyMay 7, 2015
Chris Conley

Chris Conley Named Brad Davis SEC Community Service Award Winner

UGA Sports CommunicationsMay 7, 2015
Georgia Bulldogs

Seventy-Four UGA Student-Athletes to Graduate Friday

UGA Sports CommunicationsMay 5, 2015
SicEmDawgs.com is your source for Georgia Bulldogs football, basketball, baseball and recruiting, plus UGA Dawgs future schedules, commitments, and signees.

Go Dawgs!!

© 2015 SicEmDawgs.com - Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties