The AJC's Mark Bradley says Herschel Walker was a better college football player than Tim Tebow, but he leaves open that Tebow could vault Walker after this upcoming season.
In fact, he already puts Tebow in his all-time Top 5 -- just not ahead of Herschel.
In all this "Greatest Ever" talk, that "already" point often gets lost: The only comparison you can make is Tebow's career thus far (three years) versus everyone else's complete career.
Even by that metric, Tebow is in the Top 10 -- probably the Top 5, as Bradley agrees. (That's greatest college football player ever, not just greatest college QB ever.)
Then consider that -- if everything breaks right this season -- he will, additionally:
(1)Win a 3rd national title (while going unbeaten).
(2) Win a 2nd Heisman (or at least finish in the Top 3 for the 3rd straight season)
(3) Set or extend a slew of statistical records.
(4) Create more "Promise"-like mythology creation.
That would clearly put him over the top as the greatest college football player ever. (Make no mistake: The "GOAT" debate will be HUGE over the next 5 months -- it is one of the reasons that this blog was created; how often do we get to watch Greatest of All Time in real-time?)
That said: Through THREE years? Sure: I will absolutely agree that Herschel Walker is on a VERY short list in the "GOAT" conversation, along with -- I would argue -- Vince Young.
While Tebow enjoys some 21st century myth-making advantages, like ESPN and the Internet and YouTube and HD, Herschel has that way-early-80s, "Whoa, Nellie" factor in strong support of his myth.
If you're under 40, you WANT to love Herschel Walker -- you WISH you had the chance to remember seeing him play live, probably more than any other college football player.
Tim Tebow is college football history in progress; there's something awesome about that. Herschel Walker IS college football history.