Leadership, teamwork, character, family; all of those are words that football coaches preach to their teams from the beginning of the season until the end. They repeat those words to make sure the team works like a unit. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
There is one fool-proof recipe for coaches to make sure the team abides those mantras: let Herschel Walker tell your team.
Thursday morning, Walker was in town to talk to members of the Wounded Warrior project on Ft. Sill. Before he went to Ft. Sill, the former Dallas Cowboy stopped by MacArthur high school and spoke to the Highlander football team for 20 minutes before spending the next hour signing autographs for the entire team.
"To have somebody that has the experiences he's had and played on the level he played, it's really special for our kids," Mac head coach Brett Manning said. "His message was amazing and its the same thing we preach to our kids all of the time. He's a great guy."
The speech Walker gave was one with a theme of "if you all work together, no one can stop you," and it was a message well received and appreciated by a certain MacArthur tailback.
"It's amazing that he is here, he's one of my favorite running backs," Darius Graham said. "I've seen all of his highlights and being able to have a conversation with him is amazing. I try to use the same moves that he did when I'm playing."
The affable Walker told stories of his time at the University of Georgia, playing in the NFL and random funny stories of his time in high school at Johnson County high school in Wrightsville, Georgia. The man has seen and been through a lot in his athletic career, but two things stick out to Walker in particular.