Herschel Walker proudly supports cheerleading son

Herschel Walker’s son may not follow in the footsteps of his Heisman Trophy-winning father, but Walker is just fine with it.

When Walker’s son Christian, 15, told him he wanted to be a competitive cheerleader, the College Football Hall of Famer was a bit confused. But after seeing the incredible athleticism displayed, Walker understood his son’s desire to partake in a different type of sport.

"I didn't know what that was. Then he's, 'Oh, no. People turning flips and all this stuff. Dance and all this.' And I came out to see it. And I saw how athletic the kids were that was doing it," Walker told "CBS This Morning." "I was like, 'Geez, I didn't realize it was that big of a sport’ and I was proud that he was doing it."

Walker was a three-time consensus All-American running back at Georgia from 1980-82 before a 15-year career in the USFL and NFL. He also ran track at Georgia with Christian’s mother, Cindy. The couple admit to encouraging Christian to run track at his high school, but cheerleading was his own idea.

Walker said he and Christian both have been victims of criticisms and harsh words, most notably by TMZ, which asked Walker if Christian would be a cheerleader for the Cowboys.

"When everyone first found out about me cheerleading or, like, my dad's fans, they were really critical," Christian said. "It just seems like they had a stereotype about cheer, that it was just for females."

But Walker, who said he was bullied as a child because he had a stutter, said you just have to ignore those types of people.

“My thing is, if they don't understand and they don't know, let them say what they want to say,” Walker said.

As for Christian and football, Cindy said it was "just out of the question" early on, but Walker doesn’t care if his son ever carries a football the way he did in the early '80s.

"I love him so much that if he never played football, I'm going to love him as much as I love him now," Walker said.

Good for him.

Also, it sounds like there will be ANOTHER big conversation in the not too distant future.

 

Him and Magics kid should be on the athlete queens Phone Post 3.0

Why shouldn't he? As a father, your child's happiness and safety come before anything. Phone Post 3.0

shen - 


Good for him.



Also, it sounds like there will be ANOTHER big conversation in the not too distant future.



 



For sure, look at his eyebrows.  Gay Fo Sho. not saying there's anything wrong with it. 

209ESE - 


If a male cheerleader is gay or straight you know they get laid right and left


Every clip I've seen shows the guys roles to essentially be standing on the ground and hoisting women up into the air via their vaginas.

Ultimate sport IMO

Perhaps he should have publicly humiliated him by telling the whole world how ashamed he was of him. That's what a REAL dad would have done!....

Great dad skills by Walker. Phone Post 3.0

respect for Herschel

"Hershey? Herschel. Herschel? Hershey...."

i blame the daily pushups

I hate when the newsw adds their terrible puns to stories.."Cheering him on" C'mon on!!

Good for Herschel and his son; good example of being a supportive father.

I grew up not too far from Herschel, though I'm a few years younger. That stuff about him being bullied as a child is true. Even though he was big and athletic for his age early on, he was such a nice guy and had very pronounced stutter he got picked on a lot in elementary and middle school.

It was only in high school that he started standing up for himself and kids learned it wasn't a good idea to try to bully him.

When I was younger, I used to be critical of cheerleading. When my daughter became a competitive cheerleader, I changed my tune because I saw what was involved. It's a legit sport that requires athletiicism, timing, acrobatic skills, and A LOT of hard training. In a way, it's like synchronized gymnastics. Another bonus:  some colleges offer scholarships for cheerleaders.

shen - 


Good for him.



Also, it sounds like there will be ANOTHER big conversation in the not too distant future.



 



lol!  Spot on. 

he probably has a greater chance of injury in cheer leading than cage fighting.

I would DDT my kid Phone Post 3.0

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hubris -
Dat dere soup and salad. Phone Post 3.0

And body weight exercises only.

209ESE - 


If a male cheerleader is gay or straight you know they get laid right and left


When I went to college a classmate of mine from high school decided he was going to be a cheerleader.

He said the road trips were like orgies.