Inside Herschel Walker’s Rise (And Fall) With His Ex-Wife
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Former professional football player Herschel Walker was a college superstar at the University of Georgia before enjoying a lengthy career in the NFL.

Walker was a household name during his heyday, and, in addition to his career in American football, was also a bobsledder, sprinter, and mixed martial artist.

For all the success Walker experienced, a lot of it needs to be credited to his ex-wife Cindy DeAngelis Grossman, who encouraged him and stood by his side throughout much of his football career.

Herschel Walker’s Football Career

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Herschel Walker, the son of Willis and Christine Walker, was a high school stud and college football running back sensation for the Georgia Bulldogs. He placed in the top-three in Heisman Trophy voting in all three of his NCAA seasons, and won the award in 1982.

Across three years in the SEC, the Wrightsville, Georgia native rushed for 49 touchdowns and over 5,000 yards en route to earning All-American and Maxwell Award honors.

Rather than play his senior year at Georgia, Walker opted to join the United States Football League, where he played for Donald Trump’s New Jersey Generals.

Walker had openly stated he only wanted to join the National Football League if he could play in New York or Dallas. After a few years in the USFL, the league looked destined to fail, and the Dallas Cowboys drafted Walker in the fifth round of the 1985 NFL Draft.


Walker would spend four seasons with the Cowboys, making two Pro Bowls before joining the Minnesota Vikings. He spent three seasons with the Vikings before suiting up for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1992.

After three years in Philly, Walker joined the New York Giants in 1995 for one season, and finished his NFL career back in Dallas in 1997.

Walker had an insane diet and workout routine, which included a daily dose of up to 1,500 push-ups.

In addition to his professional career in the NFL, Walker was a member of the United States’ Olympic bobsled team.

Additionally, he was a professional MMA fighter who made his mixed martial arts debut in 2007 and participated in two professional fights, including defeating Greg Nagy in the Octagon in 2010.

Who Herschel Walker’s Ex-Wife?

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Herschel Walker married college sweetheart Cindy DeAngelis Grossman in 1983. Herschel and Cindy met in a training room while they were being treated for injuries sustained while running track and field.

The pair had one son in 1999, Christian Walker. Christian, gifted with his parents’ athletic abilities, pursued a career in professional cheerleading.

Unfortunately, after nearly 20 years of marriage, Grossman filed for divorce from Walker, due to his unstable mental health.


Walker was later diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, or multiple personality disorder. The mental illness severely impacted Walker, and reportedly even resulted in him trying to kill both Grossman and himself on multiple occasions.

Walker has since received proper medical treatment for his disorder and even published a book titled Breaking Free: My Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder.

No longer in a relationship with her ex-husband, Grossman, a Florida native, reportedly lives in Irving, Texas now, while Walker resides in Westlake, Texas.


Herschel Walker Net Worth

Herschel Walker and his ex-wife spent many years in the limelight due to his stature as a sports superstar.  And with that spotlight came a plethora of endorsement deals.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Walker boasts an estimated net worth of $12 million.

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Karl Rasmussen is a sports writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon and is an avid fan of the Oregon Ducks, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Yankees and New York Jets.
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