Originally Posted by cowboyeric8
Whats the story on Herschel? Is it true that he didn't believe in pushing weights and just did push-ups, sit-ups, pulled tires, and such? Just wondering because he was one big and powerful player for never pushing weights. He still looks like he can play.
Cowboyeric, I was always amazed by Herschel as well. I've heard the same stuff you have--never touched weights and had a bunch of interesting workout philosophies.
I remember reading how he kind of gauged his progress on his sit-ups each night (he stated he did 2000 per night) by the game shows on TV. I recall where Love Connection was a particular favorite of his, and he knew that he had to have a certain number by the end of the show if he was to be on pace to finish by a certain time. I think he said he only slept 3-4 hours per night also. Additionally, I do recall that his substitute for barbell or dumbell curls was curling cinderblocks!!
I've always been interested in learning more about Herschel. A lot of folks might also recall that he at one point wanted to quit the NFL to become an FBI agent and also practiced ballet for a while. If there's ever been someone in the sports world who hasn't written an autobio but should, it's Herschel in my opinion.
BTW, you're not kidding on your "looks like he could still play" comment. I happened to see him briefly at the Super Show this past January in Orlando (sporting goods trade show), the guy looks unbelievable.