ARNIE HERBER

ARNIE HERBER

Class of 1966
Quarterback >>> 5-11, 203
(Wisconsin, Regis College)
1930-1940 Green Bay Packers, 1944-1945 New York Giants

Arnold Charles Herber. . .Joined Packers as 20 year-old rookie. . . Threw TD pass first pro game. . .Exceptional long passer. . .Teamed with Don Hutson for first great pass-catch combo. . .NFL passing leader, 1932, 1934, 1936. . .Triggered four Packers title teams. . .Left retirement to lead 1944 Giants to NFL Eastern crown. . .Lifetime passes gained 8,041 yards, 81 TDs. . .Born April 2, 1910, in Green Bay, Wisconsin . . .Died October 14, 1969, at age of 59.

Although the National Football League didn’t keep official statistics until 1932, Arnie Herber’s third season, there is ample evidence to support the popular contention that Herber was the league’s premier passer. That year, the Green Bay Packer quarterback won the league passing title, something he would do again in 1934 and 1936.

Arnie threw a touchdown pass to give the Packers a 7-0 victory in the first game of his rookie 1930 season. The Packers won NFL titles in both 1930 and 1931 and remained in a perpetual contending position throughout Herber's 11-year tenure. His passes were always a dominating factor but he could also run, catch passes, and punt with the very best.

The arrival of end Don Hutson in 1935 gave pro football its first lethal quarterback-receiver tandem. In Hutson’s second game in the NFL, against the Chicago Bears, he teamed with Herber for an 83-yard touchdown reception. In 1935, the Herber-to-Hutson duo connected 18 times for 420 yards and seven touchdowns. Although an injury in 1937 reduced his effectiveness some, the Herber-to-Hutson mystic continued until Herber retired in 1940.

With many players serving in the military during World War II, the New York Giants brought Herber out of retirement for two more years in 1944 and 1945. He then retired for good with the reputation of being pro football’s great long-distance passer.

Herber was a basketball and football star at Green Bay's West High School who sold game programs as a teenager so that he could see the Packers play. He eventually migrated to tiny Regis College in Denver, but he soon was back in Green Bay, where he worked as a handyman in the Packers’ clubhouse when coach Curly Lambeau decided to give the inexperienced player a tryout. For $75 a game, the Packers inherited the first pro quarterback who consistently used the forward pass with game-winning effectiveness.

Year
Team
G
Att.
Comp.
Pct.
Yds.
TD
Int
Rating
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1930 Green Bay
10
0
0
0.0
0
3
0
0.0
0
0
0.0
0
1931 Green Bay
3
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
0.0
0
0
0.0
1
1932 Green Bay
14
101
37
36.6
639
9
9
51.5
64
149
2.3
1
1933 Green Bay
11
124
50
40.3
656
3
12
26.2
62
77
1.2
0
1934 Green Bay
11
115
42
36.5
799
8
12
45.1
37
33
0.9
0
1935 Green Bay
11
109
40
36.7
729
8
14
45.4
19
0
0.0
0
1936 Green Bay
12
173
77
44.5
1239
11
13
58.9
20
-32
-1.6
0
1937 Green Bay
9
104
47
45.2
684
7
10
50.0
5
9
1.8
0
1938 Green Bay
8
55
22
40
336
3
4
48.8
6
-1
-0.2
0
1939 Green Bay
10
139
57
41
1107
8
9
61.6
18
-11
-0.6
1
1940 Green Bay
10
89
38
42.7
560
6
7
53.6
6
-23
-3.8
0
1944 New York
10
86
36
41.9
651
6
8
53.0
7
-58
-8.3
0
1945 New York
10
80
35
43.8
641
9
8
69.8
6
-27
-4.5
0
Career Total
129
1175
481
40.9
8041
81
106
50.1
250
116
0.5
3
Additional Career Statistics: Receiving: 11-155, 3 TDs; Scoring: 7 TDs, 0-1 FG, 2-2 XP; Interceptions: 2, 1 TD; Punting: 39-1551
Full Name: Arnold Charles Herber

Birthdate: April 2, 1910

Birthplace:
Green Bay, Wisconsin

High School: Green Bay West (Wis.)

Died: October 14, 1969

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: September 17, 1966

Presenter: Clarke Hinkle, Hall of Fame player

Other Members of Class of 1966: Bill Dudley, Joe Guyon, Walt Kiesling, George McAfee, Steve Owen, Hugh "Shorty" Ray, Clyde"Bulldog" Turner

Pro Career:
13 seasons, 129 games

Drafted: Herber played prior to the NFL Draft being implemented.

Uniform Number: 38, (12, 16, 41)

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