HOF Spotlight: Arnie Herber

Name: Arnie Herber
Position: Quarterback
Pro Career: 1930-1940, 44-45
Team Affiliation(s): Green Bay Packers, New York Giants
College: Regis College, Wisconsin
Induction Class: 1966

Brief Bio: If every great innovation in football needs a great player to initiate it, then Arnie Herber was the great player to initiate the forward pass. He may not have been the first to do it and he may not have been the greatest in all of history, but Herber was the first great quarterback. From his very first game as a professional football player, Herber won games with that forward pass and when Don Hutson was brought onto the scene in 1935, the young NFL saw its first dominant pass-catch tandem. The Packers won four titles with Herber at the helm and he won the league passing title in 1932, 1934, and 1936. During the league’s struggles to find players during WWII, Herber returned from retirement to lead the New York Giants to the NFL Eastern crown in 1944. Herber was also a competent rusher and could kick and punt with the best in the league.

Career Stats: 129 games played; 40.9% career completion percentage; 8,041 passing yards; 81 passing TDs; 3 rushing TDs (official stats were not kept until Herber’s third pro season)

Featured Card: 2002 SP Legendary Cuts Autographs #LCAH. As a Hall of Fame player who hails from the beginning of the NFL’s history, Herber does not have a true rookie card. One higher-end substitute can be this 2002 cut autograph card. Trivial Beckett value is $600. No copies of this card are currently on eBay although there are a handful of junk wax era HOF cards available for $1-3.

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