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Mark Herrmann
Date of birth: January 8, 1959 (1959-01-08) (age 51)
Place of birth: Cincinnati, Ohio
 United States
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
College: Purdue
NFL Draft: 1981 / Round: 4 / Pick 98
 As player:
Denver Broncos
Baltimore Colts
Indianapolis Colts
San Diego Chargers
Los Angeles Rams
Indianapolis Colts
Playing stats at

Mark James Herrmann (born January 8, 1959 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a former professional football player, a quarterback in the NFL. He was Associate Director of Educational Programs for the NCAA, before budget cutbacks. However, he is best known for his college career with the Purdue Boilermakers. He is a broadcaster for local football after serving on the Colts broadcast crew for nearly a decade.

Herrmann grew up in Carmel, Indiana, where he played for Carmel High School. He also played on Carmel's state championship basketball team in 1977.

College career

Herrmann attended Purdue University, where he played under coach Jim Young. Herrmann had an impressive college career; in 1980 he was selected first team All-American, he was selected as the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player, and he finished fourth in voting for the Heisman Trophy. His 9,946 career passing yards set an NCAA record (which has since been broken). He is one of only three Purdue quarterbacks to start in three consecutive bowl games (Drew Brees and Kyle Orton being the other two). Herrmann won all three of his bowl games, and was selected Most Valuable Player in each of them: the 1978 Peach Bowl, the 1979 Bluebonnet Bowl, and the 1980 Liberty Bowl. He also holds the Liberty Bowl record for passing touchdowns.

Herrmann was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity while at Purdue.

Preceded by
Mark Vitali
Purdue Boilermakers
Starting Quarterbacks

Succeeded by
Scott Campbell
Preceded by
Tim Clifford
Big Ten Football MVP
Succeeded by
Art Schlichter

Professional career

Herrmann was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1981 but did not play in his first year out of college. In 1982 he appeared in two games, but at the end of the season he was traded to the Baltimore Colts as part of the deal that brought John Elway to Denver. In 1983-84 Herrmann saw limited action with the Colts, first at Baltimore and then at Indianapolis. In 1985 he was traded to the San Diego Chargers, where he played for three seasons and performed well as the backup to Dan Fouts. Herrmann then played for the Los Angeles Rams in 1988-89, and returned to the Colts for three seasons before retiring in 1992.

Herrmann appeared in just 40 games during his 11 year pro career, completing 334 passes in 561 attempts (59.5%) for a total of 4015 yards. He threw 16 touchdown passes and was intercepted 36 times.



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