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Joseph Martin Hergert (June 7, 1936 – January 16, 2016) was an American college and professional football player who was a linebacker and placekicker in the American Football League (AFL) for two seasons during the early 1960s. Hergert played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Buffalo Bills of the AFL.[1][2]

Joe Hergert
No. 54
Position:Linebacker, placekicker
Personal information
Born:(1936-06-07)June 7, 1936
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Died:January 16, 2016(2016-01-16) (aged 79)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Daytona Beach (FL) Mainland
NFL Draft:1959 / Round: 24 / Pick: 277
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:19
Field goal attempts:18
Field goals:8
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early yearsEdit

Hergert was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He attended Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida,[3] and played high school football for the Mainland Buccaneers.

College careerEdit

Hergert attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Bob Woodruff's Florida Gators football team from 1956 to 1958.[4] During his three seasons as a Gator, he played multiple positions, including center, fullback, linebacker and placekicker.

Professional careerEdit

The Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL) selected Hergert in the twenty-fourth round (277th pick overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft, but he did not play during the 1959 season.[5] He played for the AFL's Buffalo Bills in 1960 and 1961.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Joseph Hergert Obituary - Ormond Beach, Florida". January 18, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  2. ^ J. "Joseph Martin Hergert - Obituaries". Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  3. ^, Players, Joe Hergert Archived November 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  4. ^ 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 182 (2011). Retrieved August 29, 2011.
  5. ^, Players, Joe Hergert. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  6. ^ National Football League, Historical Players, Joe Hergert. Retrieved August 12, 2011.


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