Herschel Walker

Herschel WalkerHEALED FROM DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER

   My name is Herschel Walker, and I am founder and CEO of Renaissance Man Food Services Inc. (RMFS), a meat-processing company headquartered in Dublin, Ga. RMFS sells poultry products to hotels and restaurants through supplier partners.  

Interview with CBN 700 Club

   Narrator: Herschel Walker was one of the most powerful running backs in college and NFL history. Because of his combination of strength and speed, he is one of the greatest in the game. In 1982, Herschel won the Heisman trophy and spent fifteen years in professional football. But the side you may not know is shortly after he retired; he was diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder or D.I.D.

   Narrator: D.I.D., by definition, is a condition in which a single person displays multiple distinct personalities known as alters, each one with its own type of behavior. For Herschel, it started a long time ago when he was a physically challenged first-grade in the rural town of Wrightsville, Georgia.

   Herschel Walker: I was a little bit overweight and had a stuttering problem I was afraid of the dark and scared to death. I remember as a little boy, I used to go outside and play real hard. My nose would bleed, and I could not run. I had these big old knots that swelled my knees.

   Narrator: Herschel grew up in a Christian family. He was one of seven children. Unlike his siblings, it was hard for him to fit in at school.

   Herschel: It was not easy because I did not love myself. I did not love who I was. I had a stuttering problem, and kids would make fun of the way I spoke and teased me about my weight.

   Narrator: Herschel’s struggles continued through the seventh grade. He eventually realized that if things were going to change, they needed to start with him.

   Herschel: You create your Incredible Hulk on the inside so that you create somebody that is going to take control and somebody that is never going to give up.

   Narrator: Herschel read out loud to himself every day until his speech got better. He put me through the daily workout routine that he developed in junior high school. This routine included fifteen hundred push-ups and twenty-five hundred sit-ups. Before long, his strength surpassed everyone he knew and things changed. He decided to play football and run track. But instead of being the underdog, he was an athletic superstar.

   Herschel: My mother said, "If you’re going to do anything, do it well. Do it as if Jesus were watching you." I might as well play football and do the best I could.

   Narrator: Herschel's habit of pushing himself also paid off in the classroom. He graduated valedictorian of his class. With a full football scholarship, he attended the University of Georgia, where in just three years, he won the Heisman trophy. But instead of playing his senior year, he entered the newly formed United States Football League with the New Jersey Generals. The league eventually folded and in 1986, he joined the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. After retiring in 1997, he began to notice disturbing changes in his behavior.

   Herschel: When you start wearing a hat, you choose a color to fit the occasion. You wear a red hat for football; you wear a white hat for home, and you wear a blue hat for work. But I wore the wrong hats and got all screwed up. So now, that aggressive nature that you had in football now is at home because you put on the wrong hat.

   Narrator: Herschel lost his ability to distinguish his role in football from his role at home, and his wife, Cindy, became the target of his anger.

   Herschel: I had been out of the game for about four years. And I developed this anger problem. It totally destroyed my relationship with Cindy even though Cindy was there the whole time. I put a gun to her head. The things that she said I was doing; she knew that was not me.

   Narrator: Though he did not pull the trigger, his wife left him. The broken Herschel sought psychiatric help, as well as help from his pastor, Tony Evans. When he did, his healing process began.

   Tony Evans: While he was getting professional counseling on one side, I was providing spiritual direction on the other side. I saw God using this episode in Herschel’s life for His glory and to become a greater witness for Jesus Christ. Jesus was healing Herschel’s foundation and healing his deepest soul disorders.

   Narrator: After months of prayer and drawing closer to God, Herschel was healed. Today, he is doing better than ever. Though he is nearly 50, he says he is in the best shape of his life. And he proved it during our two-hour workout. In the NFL, Herschel currently ranks eighth in total yards. But according to him, that is not what is important.

   Herschel: What I want all of the viewers to know is that I have been blessed all my life. Jesus kept me out of prison. He kept me from harming someone. He kept me from harming myself. Satan is always going to throw you curveballs, but do not be afraid. Stand up at the plate and keep swinging. Because when you have God, you cannot strikeout. You can just swing all you want.

   On Monday August 24, 2020, Herschel was one of the speakers at the Republican National Conference. He honored God and talked about his relationship with President Donald J. Trump at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Please see and listen to his speech.

Herschel's Hearing His Voice Testimony

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