President Trump and the Herschel Walker, legendary running back,  have a friendship going back to the mid-1980s, when Trump purchased the New Jersey Generals for his short-lived United States Football League

UGA star Herschel Walker named by Trump to sports council

Other sports leaders also appointed, including Bill Belichick, Misty May-Treanor, Johnny Damon and actor Lou Ferrigno

The White House said Walker, former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera and beach volleyball gold medalist Misty May-Treanor would serve as co-chairs of the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition. 

In addition to the co-chairs, the White House released a list of new members for the council, including Dr. Oz (Mehmet Oz), Bill Belichick and “The Incredible Hulk” actor Lou Ferrigno. 

The 62-year-old council creates and promotes programs designed to motivate Americans to “adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition,” according to its website.

RELATED: Herschel Walker’s longtime friendship with President Donald Trump

Read more about Hershel Walker’s appointment on the Political Insider Blog

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