Great story about the man many of us know as an NFL great. Herschel Walker is now a competitor of a different kind, providing jobs to more than 800 people at several different companies, including one in North Carolina.

“My mom was a seamstress and when I bought into the company, they only had 25 women. Today, we got 150,” Walker says.

Walker then founded H. Walker Enterprises, LLC and started his own promotions company out of Atlanta, Georgia that works with Fortune 500 companies on promotional goods. What’s more, the two-time Pro Bowler still serves as the chief executive for all three companies, which is something he is most proud of.

“My companies are doing good stuff and I’m happy because I think I’ve given a lot of people an opportunity to help their families and that’s what I think got me to do it all.”

Herschel Walker could have retired, lived a life of leisure, and paid someone to invest his fortune. But instead, he stepped into the business world — a world of competition and risk-taking. And now 800 people are benefitting from his skills. Good man. Good story.

And by the way, Herschel Walker reportedly still does 2,000 sit-ups each day. Lots to learn from Herschel.