Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Walker Reacquired by Cowboys

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Walker Reacquired by Cowboys

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Herschel Walker, whose 1989 trade from Dallas to Minnesota gave the Cowboys a jump start on building the team that has won three Super Bowls in four seasons, re-signed with Dallas on Thursday.

Walker, 34, was released last month by the New York Giants.

"Winning a Super Bowl is No. 1. And as you look around the league and see what teams got an opportunity of winning the Super Bowl, there's no doubt there's only a couple but one at the top of the hill is the Dallas Cowboys," Walker said.

Despite his talent as one of football's best all-purpose backs, his biggest impact on the NFL was what's known in football circles simply as "The Trade," which was made on Oct. 12, 1989.

In it, Walker was dealt from a Dallas team that finished that season 1-15 to the Vikings for 12 players and draft choices. Those picks and subsequent deals provided the Cowboys with a nucleus that made them the most successful franchise of the '90s.

One of the choices, for example, was used to take Emmitt Smith, who has eclipsed Walker as a ballcarrier.

Dallas coach Barry Switzer said he expects Walker primarily to back up fullback Daryl Johnston and Smith while also being a vital part of all special teams.

Bucs' Thomas Charged With Battery: Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Lamar Thomas was charged with battery against his pregnant fiancee during a Fourth of July party in Plantation, Fla., and spent a night in jail before being freed Thursday.

Thomas, 26, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery for separate incidents involving Ebony Cooksey, 22. He was released on $10,000 bond.

Thomas' lawyer disputes the allegations. Police declined to disclose the nature of Cooksey's injuries.

Morris Avoids Jail: Bam Morris, the leading rusher at the Super Bowl, was fined $7,000 in Rockwall, Texas, for possessing marijuana but avoided jail time.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers running back, who was released Tuesday, had faced up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Instead, he was given six years deferred adjudication, meaning the drug charges could eventually be removed from his record. …

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