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Hal Herring
Class of 2002

Category: Football

Born: 2/24/1924
Birthplace: Lanett, AL

Hal Herring – Born in Lanett, Alabama, on February 24, 1924. Played collegiately at Auburn. He graduated with scholastic honors in 1948. While at Auburn played center, quarterback, fullback and linebacker. Captained the Auburn team his senior year. Received All-Conference honors and most valuable player awards in ‘48. Started his profession career with the Buffalo Bills in ‘49. When the Buffalo Bills folded he became the number one draft choice of the Cleveland Browns and played with them through the ‘52 season. He was Defensive captain and played linebacker. During his three years with Cleveland they won the league Championship in ‘50 and were runners up in ‘51 and ’52. After retiring from professional football, he returned to Auburn as a Defensive coach and was promoted to Defensive Coordinator (‘53-’65). Auburn was the #1 defensive team in the nation six of the 13 years he coached and was ranked among the top ten teams defensively all the years he coached. When Auburn won the National Championship in 1957, the defense gave up the fewest points in modern history, 28, allowing only one touchdown by an SEC team and holding six others scoreless. Was awarded All-American Football Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding performance by assistant coaches in their chosen field. Coach professionally for the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers.





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