It is hardly a shocker that Herschel Walker embraces the idea of Donald Trump buying into the NFL ownership circles with a stake in the Buffalo Bills.
Walker collected millions from Trump during his pre-NFL days in the 1980s as the star running back for the USFL's New Jersey Generals, and considers the flamboyant business tycoon a friend.
But the retro vibe doesn't stop there.
Walker maintains that he could still hack it in the NFL. As a player. At 52 years old.
Supreme confidence? Wild-side delusion?
At the very least, it's Herschel being Herschel. Still.
"I can play in the NFL today," Walker insisted to USA TODAY Sports. "I couldn't take every snap. But running backs nowadays don't play every down. Now they send in the choir section.
"Physically, I can still do it."
No, Walker, whose football resume includes winning the 1982 Heisman Trophy at Georgia, is not envisioning a comeback. Based in Dallas, he is busy with several business ventures. Next week, he says, a huge announcement is coming regarding an e-Commerce venture involving his company, 34 Solutions, and Cinsay.
Yet it's his declaration about being fit enough to play in the NFL at his age that really sparks imagination. It is reminiscent of a similar avowal that landed a middle-aged Jim Brown on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1983, wearing an Oakland Raiders uniform.
Once known for a grueling training regimen that included a purported 1,500 push-ups and 3,500 sit-ups per day, Walker says that he is still into such extreme measures. He's also put his body to the task with mixed martial arts, and won both of his MMA bouts, the most recent one in January 2011 at 48.
"Hey, I'm 2-0," he says.
Walker didn't exactly face the stiffest MMA competition. But he won impressively enough, and his presence created a buzz.
Ah yes, the buzz.
Hype has long been a Walker asset, and it was a reason that Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson were able to unload him in a trade from the Dallas Cowboys to the Minnesota Vikings in 1989 for a package that included five players and six draft picks – arguably the most lopsided deal in NFL history.
Yes, Walker realizes that a buzz factor can be a very good thing, too. That's why he sees Trump as an ideal match for the Bills.
"He would be a great owner, and a credible owner," said Walker, adding that he hasn't spoken to Trump since his name surfaced as a potential suitor for the Bills, on the market after the passing last month of franchise founder Ralph Wilson.
"People can think what they want to think about Jerry Jones — he's a terrible general manager, but he's a great owner. He has done a tremendous job in marketing his team to keep it relevant. I think that's the same thing Donald Trump would do with the Buffalo Bills."
Walker believes that if a deal is struck, Trump would hire the right people to run the football operations rather than engage in the nuts-and-bolts of running the team. He predicts that Trump would find a way to build a new stadium for the Bills, and thinks that Trump's brash persona and aggressive business philosophies would foster a connection with Jones and Washington owner Dan Snyder.
"He may rub some people the wrong way, but you can't argue with his success as a businessman," Walker said. "You want an owner with some flair. He knows how to promote."
And maybe Walker would even reunite with Trump in some capacity. In lieu of suiting up, Walker – a man of many interests and moods — won't rule out teaming up with Trump if he takes over the Bills franchise.
Said Walker, "I've got another good personality that could do some other things."