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Where do your values come from? From your family, from your parents?

My parents. Growing up, they worked hard. Everyone in my family were up early in the morning. I used to see my mother and my father go off to work, and come back and, no matter what, they had time for the kids. They disciplined us to do what was right. You knew what to do, and you knew what not to do. And whenever a child in the house went off to work, my parents made him be sure of himself that he if he went, he was going to work. He was not going there to clown around. He was not going there just to pass time away. He was going to work. And he was not going to just try to make a dollar by sitting down. He was going to give everything he's got. And I think because of that, that's why I'm always going to give everything I've got. Because God is going to be proud of you then. There is no such word in my family as "lazy," because there is no such thing. I think, "Lazy" and "I quit" is a bad word in the vocabulary. You never know what's going to happen. You never know.

Who have been the most important people in you life?

Herschel Walker: God, my parents, my wife. I don't have a lot of friends, because I'm always moving around. I don't drink, so I don't hang out in bars. But they've been very big in my life. Because they have helped to encourage me. Sometimes things get tough, and all of a sudden you see people easing away from you. They say to themselves, "I've got problems, and I don't need to hear his problems, and I'm going to ease away."

No matter what, I can call my parents any time of the night. I'm in Europe some time, and there is such a big time difference. I remember then calling my mother; it was about three o'clock in the morning, and I just wanted to talk. She was so happy for me to call. She's waking up. She's happy for me to call. It sort of brings tears to your eyes, because sometimes a boy grows up in his family, not able to say I love you. Over the last year or so is the first time I ever told my parents that. It's so weird because I say, you grew up and you don't even say it. The word is such a short four-letter, short, little word. You just can't even say, "I love you." I started saying it, and it comes so easy now, if I don't say it when I'm hanging up the phone, I have to call right back and say, "I forgot to say I love you all." It's so funny where now it comes so easy. I say, we are sometimes so macho, we forget who we are. And that's something I'm not going to do. I love to work. I love to learn new things. I love to see a lot of new things. I'm not a person that's going to try to impress anyone because I think as long as I'm myself, you either like me or you don't. I can't help that and there is nothing else I can do.

We want to take you back for a minute to being a kid in that small town in Georgia. Back in school. Did you have favorite subjects? You said you liked to read and you liked to write. What did you like to read, and what did you write about?

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Herschel Walker: My favorite subject probably was math. I love math. Figures just intrigue me. I was really good at math. English probably was my worst subject. But I used to write a lot of poetry. I used to write poetry all the time. It's a little different now, because I can't just sit down and write; it's something that just came to me. A lot of people say, "Herschel, maybe you are writing because you are depressed," and I say, "No. I write happy things." I write from life to death, write about space. Just something that I am thinking at the time. It's not anything that I can think of right now. If I had to come up with something that just came to me, I think growing up in a small town, I want knowledge. I still think today, knowledge is one of the keys. Because when you are able to understand, life is a lot more beautiful. When you are able to hear another language and understand it, it is literally more beautiful than just hearing it. When you are able to see a painting up on the wall, and understand what you are looking at, it is literally more beautiful. So I used to just read anything. I can remember getting a Sears catalog and thinking, "I don't know why in the world I'm reading about how to make women's dresses. I don't think I'm ever going to become that." I was just intrigued by it.

Did you have a favorite poet or a favorite poem?

Herschel Walker: No, I really didn't. And it's so strange, I never really had a favorite poem, and I never really had a favorite poet, per se. It's not a poem, it's something I read about the footprints in the sand. That has stuck in my mind so much, and I think about it with friends.

God is walking along with you in the sand, and all of a sudden there is one set of footprints, and when you look back, and times are hard, and you ask God, "When things were going well, I looked back and there were two sets of footprints in the sand, and now that things were a little bit tougher, you left me. Why?" God says, "It's not that I left you, it's just that I'm carrying you." That stuck in my mind, because it is so strange how we sometimes just forget. I think, growing up, today is what keeps making me drive forward, is just thinking about the people in my home town that encouraged me, and the people that stood behind me that helped me, and I say, "I'm not going to forget those people because they knew me before anything, and they were right there with me." No matter what, they were right there, and they were cheering me on. They didn't care whether Herschel won that one hundred yard dash. But as long as Herschel went out and competed hard, they were proud of me.

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