Former Football Great To Discuss Athletes’ Mental Health at WSU Presentation

OGDEN, Utah – Former college and professional football standout Herschel Walker will speak about “Mental Health and Wellness of the Athlete in 2011” on Nov. 8 at noon at Weber State University’s Shepherd Union Wildcat Theater.

The event is free to the public. It is sponsored by Student Involvement and Leadership and WSU Athletics.

In his 2008 memoir, “Breaking Free,” Walker revealed his battle with dissociative identity disorder, a mental illness previously known as multiple personality disorder. Walker claimed that the disorder caused him to be unable to remember winning college football’s Heisman Trophy.

The Heisman in 1982 capped a college career that featured Walker setting an NCAA freshman rushing record and earning consensus All-America honors three consecutive years. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

After his junior year, Walker turned pro, joining the New Jersey Generals of the short-lived United States Football League and winning the league’s Most Valuable Player honors one year. A 12-season NFL career followed, with Walker playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.

Walker’s sports experience also includes competing in the 1992 Winter Olympics in the two-man bobsled, being a fifth-degree black belt in tae kwon do and recent bouts in professional mixed martial arts.

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