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Bobby Hebert
Position(s)
Quarterback
Jersey #(s)
3
Born August 19, 1960 (1960-08-19) (age 49)
Cut Off, Louisiana, USA
Career information
Year(s) 19831996
College Northwestern State-Louisiana
Professional teams
Career stats
TD-INT 135-124
Yards 21,683
QB Rating 78.0
Stats at NFL.com
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl selection (1993)
  • Voted to USFL's All-Time Team (Second Team)
  • Most Passing Yards in USFL (10,039)
  • 1983 USFL Most Outstanding Quarterback
  • 1983 Sporting News USFL P.O.Y
  • 1983 USFL Championship Game MVP
  • 1983 USFL Champion with Michigan Panthers

Bobby Joseph Hebert Jr., (surname pronounced /eɪˈbɛə/; born August 19, 1960, in Cut Off, Louisiana) is an American sportscaster but best known as a retired American football quarterback of the New Orleans Saints. He played professionally in the USFL and NFL from 1983 to 1996 for the Michigan Panthers, Oakland Invaders, New Orleans Saints, and Atlanta Falcons. Nicknamed the "Cajun Cannon", Hebert led the Panthers to the USFL championship in the league's inaugural season. Later he helped bring the Saints their first playoff appearance in franchise history. Hebert was inducted to the Saints Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

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Playing career

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USFL

Hebert was among the best quarterbacks in the USFL's short history. In 1983, he won the USFL championship with the Michigan Panthers, defeating the Philadelphia Stars, 24-22. The team struggled a bit with injuries in 1984 and a weakened squad was knocked out of the playoffs by Steve Young's Los Angeles Express 27-21 in triple OT. In 1985, the Panthers were merged with the Oakland Invaders and Hebert again lead his team to the finals against the Stars. This time Hebert's team fell short and the Stars won 28-24.

NFL

In 1985, his rookie season with the NFL's New Orleans Saints, and in 1986, he split time with quarterback Dave Wilson. In 1987, he shared play with John Fourcade and took most of the snaps in 1988 and 1989. In 1990, he held out for more money. Therefore, Saints GM Jim Finks traded away several draft choices for Steve Walsh. In 1991 and 1992 he led the Saints to excellent starts and playoff appearances. In 1993, he was signed by the Atlanta Falcons and was selected to his only Pro Bowl that season. He took a small number of snaps as a backup to Jeff George in 1994 and 1995, as well as the first few games of 1996. Jeff George's infamous Sunday Night Football blowup caused Head Coach June Jones to bench George for the rest of the game, then suspend George for four games. Jones then named Hebert starting QB. He is remembered for being on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

His ex-wife Teresa owns an upscale clothing boutique in Georgia. They have four children together, daughters Ryan and Cammy and sons T-Bob and Beaux. T-Bob is currently the starting Center for the LSU Tigers football team.

Bobby Hebert is currently a co-host of a sports radio show on WWL 870 and 105.3 FM in New Orleans. He is also the spokesman for WOW Cafe & Wingery, based out of Covington, LA

On December 2, 2006, Hebert was honored by the City of Natchitoches, where he attended college at Northwestern State University, as the grand marshal of the annual Christmas lighting event. Bobby Hebert also rode as the grand marshal of Rex in the 2007 New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade. He is locally known for his very popular 4th of July firework shows.

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Preceded by
Dave Wilson
New Orleans Saints Starting Quarterback
1985-1986
Succeeded by
Dave Wilson
Preceded by
Dave Wilson
New Orleans Saints Starting Quarterback
1987-1989
Succeeded by
John Fourcade
Preceded by
Steve Walsh
New Orleans Saints Starting Quarterback
1991-1992
Succeeded by
Wade Wilson
Preceded by
Chris Miller
Atlanta Falcons Starting Quarterback
1993
Succeeded by
Jeff George

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