Herschel Walker, three-time All-American, Heisman Trophy winner and former National Football League star, spent the day meeting with Soldiers and their Families at Fort Bragg, Tuesday.
“He (Walker) is more than just an athlete; he is more than a Heisman Trophy winner; he is more than one of the greatest players to ever play in the NFL; he is more than an Olympian … He is a patriot,” explained Lt. Col. Jerel Evans, garrison executive officer.
After this introduction, Walker spoke to Fort Bragg Soldiers, Family members and civilians about his struggle with mental health and the importance of seeking professional help.
His story began as a young man in rural Georgia mocked for his weight and stutter. He spoke of his faith and how it helped to guide him through hardship and many choices in his life.
“Don’t you worry about it, the Lord is making the way for you,” Walker said, quoting his mother’s advice when he encountered adversity.
Walker shared with those in attendance at Pope Theater the story of coming to believe that something was wrong with him, and the reality of a disassociative identity disorder diagnosis, a condition where a person has two or more distinct identities or personality states.
The help he received, Walker says, is likely the reason he is still alive, the reason his ex-wife is still alive. Walker attributes his ability to be the father and man he is today to the help and treatment he underwent once he asked for help.
“There is no shame in asking for help,” said Walker. “No matter what keep getting up. No matter what don’t give up.”