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Mark Herrmann


Mark Donald Herrmann

Inducted 2010

Date of Birth



Cincinnati, OH


Purdue University (1977-1980)


A unanimous All-America in 1980, Mark Herrmann graduated from Purdue as the most prolific passer in NCAA history, holding nine NCAA passing records including passing yards (9,188) and completions (707). A four-year starter, Herrmann became the first quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 8,000 yards in a career and would finish as the first quarterback to throw for 9,000 yards. The offensive MVP of the Peach, Liberty and Bluebonnet bowls, the quarterback threw for a then, Bluebonnet Bowl record 303 yards. A first-team All-Big Ten selection in 1980, Herrmann led the Boilermakers to a Liberty Bowl victory his senior year after finishing fourth in Heisman Trophy voting the same season.. He finished his career at Purdue with 71 touchdown passes and set the school record for single-season completion percentage (.658). Selected in the fourth round of the 1981 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, Herrmann played for four teams during an 11-year NFL career before retiring from the Indianapolis Colts in 1992. Following his NFL career, Herrmann served as the associate director of Education Programs for the NCAA. He has been involved in his community as well, spending time on both the Lawrence Township Foundation Board and the National Institute for Fitness and Sport Youth Fitness Board.


Height 6'4

Weight 187

Career Highlights

  • 1980 All-Conference
  • 1980 Conference MVP
  • 1980 Heisman - Fourth
  • 1980 Unanimous All-America
  • 1979 Heisman - Eighth
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