Arnie Herber

  • Pro Bowl (1939 )
  • All-Pro selection (1932, 1935, 1936)
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (1966 )
  • NFL 1930s All- Decade Team
  • 4 x NFL champion (1930, 1931, 1936, 1939)
  • Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame (1967 )

Arnold " Arnie " Charles Herber ( born April 2, 1910 in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA, † October 14, 1969, ibid ) was a U.S. American football player.

Playing career

High School and College

Herber played high school basketball and American football. In his spare time he sold at Green Bay Packers, the stadium issue and gave themselves so access to the games of the team. His college career began at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. After a year, however, he had to leave this college. He enrolled at Regis College in Denver one. However, due to its financial situation and the economic depression at that time he was not able to finish his studies. He returned to Green Bay and worked as a temporary worker at the Packers. Their coach, Curly Lambeau, gave him the opportunity to participate in a trial. Herber was able to convince and received at the leading football team in the league a contract that earned him a salary of $ 75 per game.


Herber played from 1930 to 1940 with the Green Bay Packers. He developed into one of the leading quarterbacks in the NFL, which also impressed by his achievements as a passer - though mainly American football was a running game at this time. 1930 and 1931, he led his team to two NFL championships. At that time, no final was played. Through its statistical values ​​in this case no statements can be made, because the NFL only recorded from 1932, the performance of the players in numbers. Herber was known for his long passes. He was able to throw passes over a length of more than 60 yards right into the hands of his teammates. This was surprising because Herber had very small hands. A special fingering technique, which he took with his thumb the ball on a seam, he was able to compensate for this shortcoming.

In 1935, Herber and Don Hutson, who was employed on the position of a wide receiver, the ideal teammate and pass catcher. 1936 was the Packers beat the Boston Redskins in the NFL with 21:6 final. Herber decided the game with two touchdown passes, one of them could catch Hutson. As of 1938, Herber had to share the position of the starting quarterbacks with Cecil Isbell, could, however, still convince again. 1939 could be the New York Giants defeated 27-0 in the final after being the Giants still inferior in the previous year in the final. Again Herber managed a touchdown. After the 1940 season, he finished his career. Due to the Second World War consisted player shortage in the NFL. Herber therefore closed in 1944 and 1945 for two years at the Giants. In the first year he was beaten with 14:7 in the championship game of his old team. In 1945 he finished then finally his career. 1932, 1934 and 1936 was statistically Herber the best quarterback of the NFL.


Heber is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame and the NFL 1930s All- Decade Team. He was elected three times to the All- Pro and a Pro Bowl.

Off the pitch

Herber operated a clothing store in his career. He died in 1969 and is buried in Green Bay.