Green Bay Packers: 50 greatest players in franchise history

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QB. (1930-40). Arnie Herber. 35. player. 49.

Greatest players in Green Bay Packers history: 35. Arnie Herber

Arnie Herber’s arrival on the Packers was an interesting one. The Green Bay native only played two years of college football before coming home. Regis College in Denver, where Herber played his sophomore season of college football ceased playing the sport. So Herber went home and worked in the Packers organization as a handyman.

He would be able to join the team in 1930 at 20 years old. While he started out as a tailback, Herber is best known for quarterbacking the team in the 1930s. Though never an overly accurate passer (career 40.9 completion percentage), Herber quickly proved to be one of the best signal callers of his era. He led the league in completions, attempts, yards and touchdowns three times.

In 1932, Herber was named first team All-Pro. He made two All-Pro second teams in 1935 and 1936. Statistically, his best season came in 1936, where he completed 44.5 percent of his passes for 1,239 yards and 11 touchdowns. In Green Bay, Herber was part of four NFL championship teams.

Herber retired after the 1940 season with the Packers, but would come back in 1944 to play two more seasons with the New York Giants. He made the NFL’s All-Decade Team in the 1930s. Herber would earn Canton enshrinement in 1966. His Canton classmates include Bill Dudley, Steve Owen and Clyde Turner.