April 14, 2008, - 11:46 pm

So That’s Why His Pro Football Career Tanked: Herschel Walker Claims He’s the New “Sybil,” Even Has “White” Personality

By Debbie Schlussel
I used to think the reason Herschel Walker’s NFL career didn’t work out was the Heisman curse.
In my view, if you win the Heisman (as Walker did), the odds are your pro football career will be a relative bust. Remember Heisman winner Charlie Ward from Florida State University? His NFL career worked out real well . . . on the hardwood of the NBA. Not shabby, but not football either. Ron Dayne (whom I once tutored when I was a grad student at the University of Wisconsin) was a great running back in college, but in the NFL, he’s not as big a star and has been a relative disappointment (though he’s fared better than other recent Heismen).


Multiple Heisman Disorder: Herschel Walker is This Century’s “Sybil”?

He was possibly the greatest colleged football running back ever. But, now, ten years after a failed NFL career, Walker is telling us that it’s not the Schlussel Heisman Curse Theory in action. Instead, it’s that he has multiple split personalities. And we’re not talking his previous split personality as both an NFL and USFL player (which probably contributed greatly to his failure on the pro grid-iron, just as Doug Flutie’s tri-partite career in the USFL, CFL, and NFL did him in).
Nope. Walker is claiming that he has many personalities, including a White guy. His bizarre therapist, Jerry Mungadze (who is Black), claims he can tell the personality is White because of the way he brushes his fingers through his hair, “which only White people do,” he told ABC News’ “Nightline,” tonight.
Sorry, but I’m not buying it. And neither are Walker’s former teammates and coaches, none of whom ever saw the White dude or any of Walker’s other alleged personalities manifest themselves. It’s a convenient excuse, though: I didn’t catch that touchdown because that wasn’t me. It was that unathletic White guy personality, Al the Cracker. Or: I dropped the ball because that was my stripper personality, Amber, who was looking for a pole, not pigskin.
So, why–after he’s disappeared into American obscurity and is only a multiple choice answer to a question in Trivial Pursuit, Sports Disappointment Edition–is Herschel Walker coming out with the Sybill theory?
Well, it might have something to do with that book–out today–that he’s pushing. We’re in the post-Paris (Hilton) era. People–especially people like Herschel Walker who see in it a second chance at faded stardom–want attention. And bizarre sells. Terry Bradshaw crying and talking about depression? Ho hum. But multiple personalities? Now we’re talking. It’s hip to be afflicted. And what could be more bizarre than a failed sports star who claims he is many people including a White guy? Well, it doesn’t beat the pregnant man story, but it’s close enough. Plus, it satisfies the PC “White Men Can’t Jump” allegation. A-ha: Herschel Walker stank because he was part White–at least, mentally, he claims.
Even the Farrelly Brothers couldn’t dream up this absurd script. And if they did, we’d say it wasn’t believable in the least.
And it isn’t in real life, either. The only one who seems to believe it–or at least participate in the hoax–is Walker’s ex-wife, Cindy Grossman, (does she get larger child support and/or alimony payments if the book does well?) and his “therapist” who sees a bizarre White guy personality behind every visage. Watching Herschel Walker in the ABC interviews, I have to say he’s as good an actor as he was a pro NFL player. No Oscars coming anytime soon.
Dr. Mark Levy, a distinguished life fellow at the American Psychiatric Association and assistant clinical professor psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, says the whole multiple personality diagnosis–now called by the PC-term, “Dissociative Identity Disorder”–is bunk:

“It probably isn’t real,” Levy said. “Dissociation is real. It occurs after trauma in some people and in psychosis, like schizophrenia. However, I’ve never seen a so-called multiple personality in 35 years of practice.”

It seems the only multiple personalities in Herschel Walker are the split between the fantastic athlete who won the Heisman in college and the one who–while still head and shoulders above the common man in athletic prowess–couldn’t get it done once he hit the pros.
It happens.
But “Sybil“–and an alleged White personality who brushes his fingers through his hair–has nothing to do with the lack of touchdowns and rushing yards.
That’s the whole nine yards. And that’s about as far as this farce will go. For this weird fib, the endzone is nowhere in sight.
This past week, Walker was scheduled to run with the Olympic torch. Question is: Which personality was running with it? Hopefully, not the Tibetan Monk, the slave laborer, or the Darfur victim.
If it was the “White guy,” I hope he didn’t burn his hair.

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Hershel seems to have had a problem with the truth even before.
He used to claim he ate one meal a day, but a Cowboy, I think he was a defensive back named Thurman, claimed he snuck food into his room all the time.
Like Bo Jackson, he claimed he didn’t lift weights which I think was totally bogus, too.
He was a great college back at Georgia, had a decent at best pro career. He could run over college guys but he was stiff as a pro.
His greatest claim to fame in the NFL is he won Dallas a couple of Super Bowls…by being traded to Minnesota. Jimmy Johnson should have been arrested for grand theft for that trade. Dallas robbed them blind and they got a ton of picks who formed the nucleus of the Cowboys’ Super Bowl teams while Hershel floundered in Minnesota.

Jeff_W on April 15, 2008 at 12:31 am

Debbie, for whatever it’s worth, and since I live here in Tallahassee, Florida, home of the Florida State University Seminoles, I feel I must mention that Charlie Ward played for Florida State, not UF. The Heisman winners from UF were Steve Spurrier in 1966, Danny Wuerffel in 1996 and Tim Tebow in 2007. Florida State has had two Heisman Trophy winners: Charlie Ward in 1993 and Chris Weinke in 2000. And for whatever it’s worth, the University of Miami has had two Heisman winners as well: Vinny Testaverde in 1986 and Gino Torretta in 1992.

Carl on April 15, 2008 at 4:06 am

i forgot you live in Detroit and therefore know nothing about pro football, but here’s a few “Heismen” that i’ve seen make it in the NFL during my tenure as a fan: 1968 O.J. Simpson,1970 Jim Plunkett, 1974-75 Archie Griffin {not bad, but not GREAT either, especially since he was the only one to win it TWICE], 1976 Tony Dorsett [Even though he was a COWBOY!!!], 1977 Earl Campbell, 1981 Marcus Allen, 1984 Doug Flutie, 1985 Bo Jackson, 1986 Vinny Testaverde, 1988 Barry Sanders [who would have DECIMATED THE RECORD BOOKS if he had played on a real team], 1995 Eddie George, 1998 Ricky Williams, 2002 Carson Palmer, and it’s too soon to tell for 2004 Matt Leinart and 2005 Reggie Bush.
Of course, the greatest football players that ever played the game—Marino, Elway, the REAL LT…Lawrence Taylor, Montana, “Mean” Joe Green, and Tom Brady—never won the Heisman…so what?
Walker and Jim Kelly were the heart and soul of the USFL, and were it not for a misinformed jury THAT would have been just as big as the monopolist NFL today…and probably wouldn’t take care of their retired players either: http://www.gridirongreats.org/aboutthefund.html

EminemsRevenge on April 15, 2008 at 8:55 am

Yep..another typical white person…brushing his fingers through his hair. We all do that you know. It’s a signal we use to each other to signify the brotherhood (kind of like the finger to the side of the nose singnal they did in The Sting). Good Grief.
As for HW, I had the opportunity to see him play in person twice while he was at UGA. He was a great COLLEGE player. As an aside: Neither he nor any of his alter-egos EVER crossed the goal line against the Clemson Tigers (National champs 1981-the year after HW and UGA). Dittos for his Heisman contemporary, George Rogers (South Carolina).

Southernops on April 15, 2008 at 9:01 am

Broken clock theory! The “Heisman curse” was always stupid, since at any given time, one could name stars who had won the award.
Of course, there were also some who did not pan out, and many of *those* were overrated in college because of biased media coverage, etc.
As to Walker–
This is a great example of how an idiot therapist can take someone who is a bit screwed-up, and make him a whole lot worse.
You might recall a fellow named Brian Wilson, and his stint with Dr. Eugene Landy. Brian had some problems, but he got mega screwed up because of Landy…

Red Ryder on April 15, 2008 at 9:06 am

He had a good pro career, over 500 receptions, 8,000 yards rushing. Pretty rare company. Minnesota for some insane reason sent all those picks only to use him as a decoy. He was very productive with both Dallas and Philly when they put the ball in his hands.
He might not have multiple personalities, but I thnk eveyone can agree the guy is nuts, probably fed by his narcissism. He still needs the attention, too bad everyone will now think of him as an ass.

Staypositive on April 15, 2008 at 11:36 am

Of course! He failed because his mind(Or whatever passes for it) wasn’t 100% “black”,meaning he didn’t harbor any hatred towards Whites,that all Blacks should.Had he done so, he would have been the greatest NFL running back ever!
Obviously,this phony “doctor” is a Black racist of the Obama/Jeremiah Wright/afro-centric variety,that blames Whitey for all of their failures.

OldSchoolW on April 15, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Multiple Personality Disorder is no longer recognized or treated by Community Mental Health Agencies in Washington State.
Whatever this guy’s problem is, it ISN’T MPD.

SamAdams on April 15, 2008 at 1:53 pm

Dr Levy is correct: There is no such thing as “multiple personality disorder”. Those who carry that diagnosis are probably borderline personalities–highly suggestible, needy, manipulative individuals who have an accomplice in their therapist (who loves the excitement of having a “multiple” for a patient). You don’t get a multiple without an enabling therapist.

lexi on April 15, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Debbie, HW wasn’t the dominant player he was in college, but harldy anybody is. He was actually an excellent pro if you look at his career statistics. He went to a couple of Pro Bowls for Dallas, and racked up a ***load of all purpse yards. He didn’t do much on a bad Minnesota team, but running the football is a team effort. His pro career was disappointing in that he didn’t win a championship, but to be fair he was considered a star player.

Anonymous1 on April 15, 2008 at 9:59 pm

I am white and I never run my fingers through my hair and my husband and children do not do that either. Who does that?

Buff on April 16, 2008 at 8:55 am

remember when jocks were just dumb?
why do they all have to be crazy now? “I gotta CONDITION!!”
panem et circenes…
what i want to read about is your reaction to W promoting abu porno murphy?!!!

playertwo on April 16, 2008 at 8:57 am

    No, actually, I don’t remember that because it’s always been an untrue stereotype. In fact, I believe the opposite is generally true.

    Eben on April 29, 2014 at 11:05 pm

You had me laughing out loud!
Take it as a a major compliment that you’re a regular Ann Coulter!
I didn’t catch that touchdown because that wasn’t me. It was that unathletic White guy personality, Al the Cracker. Or: I dropped the ball because that was my stripper personality, Amber, who was looking for a pole, not pigskin.
Ha ha!!

TallT on April 16, 2008 at 1:17 pm

B”H I’m always suspicious of therapists giving interviews about high profile clients, with or without their consent.
Doesn’t anyone care about how that will affect their course of treatment, even if they’re no longer your patient,…even if it does help sell a new book.

Ben-Yehudah on April 17, 2008 at 5:46 am

HW was an outstanding pro player. His stats were highly above average. He holds the pro record for most rushing yards in a single season. Yes, MPD does not exist for it has a new name dissociative identity disorder. And, yes, more people than him suffers from it, i have a good friends mother who is now 67 and is suffering from it, i would definantley not call her attention seeking.As for the “I dropped “cause i’m white” he has never blamed dropping a ball on being white. Furthermore, this man has commited to many charities, and has helped people with DSID to come out and seek help.

Joe on December 16, 2009 at 7:33 pm

This writer is full of it. Walker had an outstanding pro career. The tone of the article is negative and its obvious you have an axe to grind. Check out HW’s charity work, or how well he has done for himself in business. The guy is a success story and this ‘writer’ has the nerve to stuff a load of lies into his mouth. You should be ashamed. You are a hack.

Dave on January 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Walker rushed for 5,562 yards in his USFL career.[9] His combined rushing numbers for the USFL and the NFL (13,787 yards) would place him 5th All-Time on the NFL’s career rushing list.[10]
In 12 NFL seasons, Walker gained 8,225 rushing yards, 4,859 receiving yards, and 5,084 kickoff-return yards.[11] This gave him 18,168 total combined net yards, ranking him second among the NFL’s all-time leaders in total yardage at the time of his retirement; as of the start of the 2007 NFL season, ten years after his retirement, he still ranks eighth.[12] He also scored 84 touchdowns: 61 rushing, 21 receiving and two kick off returns for touchdowns.[11] Walker is the only player to have 10,000+ yards from scrimmage and 5,000+ return yards (all of which were on kickoff returns). He is the only player to gain 4,000 yards three different ways: rushing, receiving, and kickoff returns. He is one of six players (Jim Brown, Lenny Moore, Marcus Allen, Marshall Faulk, and Thurman Thomas) to exceed 60 touchdowns rushing and 20 touchdowns receiving. Another NFL record he possesses is that he is the only player with a 90+ yard reception, 90+ yard run, and a 90+ yard kickoff return all in the same season (1994). He is also the only player to record an 84+ yard touchdown run and an 84+ yard touchdown reception, in the same game (December 14, 1986). That same day, he had 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving. Walker is currently ranked eighth all time in all-purpose yards with 18,168, despite spending his first three seasons in the USFL.

You Debbie, are a fucking idiot. Stick to subjects you know something about, if there are any.

hang on January 31, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Hershel Walker is AWESOME and you idiots out there can’t stand it . Especially the GATOR FANS because he ran all over ya’ll even after you stacked the box . You couldn’t stop him even if you knew the play ….

    Andrew leaf on June 6, 2014 at 8:26 am

HW is a conceited, self centered OLD football player trying to remain YOUNG forever; with the spotlight on his every move! Now he is a boxer? Maybe is is using his “evil personality” to cash in on that one! His Therapist is a fake and phoney! He appears to be something he is not. He has had an affair with one of his staff members for years, teaches at DBU, has a wife, and speakes to churches? REALLY? I think they are both cheaters and are just trying to create one big alibi. Cindy made out like a bandit, but Mungadze’s dumbass wife is still married to him; believing that he is this faithful, fine, upstanding professional man! He is just as phoney as his diagnosis.
I went to his program for treatment for PTSD, and he had all kinds of personalities coming out of my head! All he is doing is giving people with problems an excuse to behave badly. No accountability for anything! That office was unorganized, cluttered and the director would say one thing with confidence, and then Mungadze would turn around and say another. Why have a staff at all? Oh, I forgot he wanted his little girlfriend around! Oh, I guess one of my alters came out and I forgot for a minute who I was! ROFLMAO!

nicole on March 2, 2011 at 11:16 am


Greg on January 12, 2014 at 9:06 pm

To Debbie and All others of you here who’ve no knowledge or experience as a post doctoral graduate with studies and specialization in psychology; mental health; public health; and/or is a licensed clinical social worker: how dare you feign sufficient acumen to diagnose or determine the validity of a professional’s diagnosis of the mental health of another human being.

If you don’t know about a subject or someone and choose to comment, publicly, consider taking a few minutes or an hour to do some research. While cruising last week my attention was drawn to Herschel Walker’s photo on the cover of a book in the biographies section of the Sapphire Princess’ library. It caught my eyes, particularly, because it was a Black man; a former note-worthy athlete; who shares my father’s last name; with “DID” in the subtitle. A survivor of incest and other forms of child sexual who has thrived considerably better than most (from age 2yrs. until 13 when i refused to be compliant any longer), it was determined by not only a PhD. graduate, working in the field of child abuse and observerd such cases in an clinical environment; but also 2 unrelated psychologists; plus my UCLA-trained graduate in psychiatry at the time that I exhibited symptoms, traits, and personas of “atypical MPD”…now re-termed and re-classified in the DSMV-V as Dissociative Identity Disorder. It exists. As do the psychiatric diagnosis of Borderline Personality and Schizophrenia. Just because you are ignorantly unaware of DID has no bearing on whether or not someone, anyone, generally a child, was severely traumatized continuously by a parent, caregiver, or other authority figure from a young, impressionable age.

Not only am i now able to recognize the roles and parts each alter plays in my delicate existence, but also; i now have a more concrete method of identifying strengths i possess which, until READING BREAKING FREE by Herschel Walker was I able to completely understand. DID or ANY MENTAL ILLNESS is no joke and it’s not fun, nor should our ‘difference’ be made fun of.
We don’t discuss our malady for this very reason–ridicule, disbelief, JUDGMENT, and ignorance about this and most mental illness. We manage the best we can in view of the existence of these potentially debilitating illnesses in actually ‘helping us survive’.


For those of you who are still skeptical, consider contacting one of the THREE physicians who work in this field at Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department. I’ve not only began to witness ‘my alters family’, but i witnessed THE 180-degree switch of an alter from one gender to another by a long-time acquaintance of mine less than one month ago.

You, debbie, are too bright to be so ignorant about a subject you propose to be an expert: surmising why Herschel Walker left football with such an outstanding career achievements. Try again, another time–with someone with and about whom you are more educated.

Thanks for providing the opportunity to express my opinion here.

auntieM on March 29, 2014 at 1:44 am

Are ya’ll stupid or what ??? Hershel didn’t have a failed career he holds multiple records in the NFL and is in the TOP 15 all time with all purpose yards . He holds the record for the most rushing yards in a season as a pro . He chose to play in the World football league and dominated . He was part of the largest trade in NFL history . The Cowboys got like 13 players for Hershel Walker after he rushed for 1500 that season. He also had awesome hands and was a great receiver out of the back field and I’d say he’s in better shape at 52 than anyone else in the country at that age. If he had played his first 4 seasons in the NFL you wouldn’t be saying that . Look at the STATS they don’t lie. You haters only wish that you had a pro career like HERSHEL …… Haters gonna hate !!!!!!!

Andrew leaf on June 6, 2014 at 8:23 am

DEBBIE DOES DALLAS AND THAT WAS A BETTER MOVIE THAN YOUR BOOK !!!! Oh and it was a PORNO !!!! Get real lady . HERSHEl also ran track And was in the Olympics and he’s also a mixed martial arts expert and won all three MMA fights and he’s just a superb Human being and could still play in the NFL at 52 . He’ll he made the Bills team 3 years ago and 3 years ago only one of the UGA players could out run him at 49 years old . Boykin . AT 50 plus years of age he’s still faster than 98% of all college players….. get the hell out of here …..lady

Andrew leaf on June 6, 2014 at 9:02 am

Couldn’t get it done . What are you retarded if so you get a free pass . He could still play at 52 . What are you a Gators fan …..

Andrew leaf on June 7, 2014 at 10:56 pm

The writer, Debbie, has no clue. Herschel was a great College player and also an NFL player. Look at his stats which don’t lie. As a couple others have said, look at what he has done on the charity side and also after football.

He doesn’t need the attention – come on. He is talking about his disorder and is making people aware of it.

Why do you have an axe to grind with him? Why do you dislike him so much?

Come on – be fair. He is in better fitness at 53 than 98% of ALL people. He can probably still outrun many of the young college guys trying out for NFL now.

His size and style reminds of Marshawn Lynch.

MIke on June 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm

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