Bill Herchman

Bill Herchman
No. 72, 73
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1933-03-10)March 10, 1933
Place of birth: Vernon, Texas
Date of death: January 22, 2009(2009-01-22) (aged 75)
Place of death: Arlington, Texas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 246 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Vernon (TX)
College: Texas Tech
NFL Draft: 1956 / Round: 3 / Pick: 26
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 85
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

William E. Herchman (March 10, 1933 January 22, 2009) was an American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys and in the American Football League for the Houston Oilers. He played college football for Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University).

Early years

Herchman attended Vernon High School before moving on to Tyler Junior College. After his sophomore year he transferred to Texas Technological College.[1]

In 1997, he was inducted into the Tyler Junior College Circle of Honor.[2]

Professional career

San Francisco 49ers

Herchman was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round (26th overall) of the 1956 NFL Draft. In 1957, he returned a 54-yard interception for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears.[3] He started every game for four seasons at right defensive tackle.

Dallas Cowboys

On June 30, 1960, he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys. He was a part of the franchise's inaugural season and was a backup to Ed Husmann. The next year he was named the starter at right defensive tackle. He was released on September 11, 1962.[4]

Houston Oilers

In 1962, he played 12 games for the Houston Oilers of the American Football League.

Personal life

Herchman was born near Vernon, Texas.[5] He married Janis Lee Hargrove and they had four children, Randy, Terry, Kathy and Missy.[6][7] He worked in concrete sales for 42 years.


  1. "William 'Bill' Herchman" Obituary Archived July 10, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Diboll Free Press, February 25, 2009.
  4. Carlton Stowers, Journey to Triumph: 110 Dallas Cowboys Tell Their Stories, Dallas: Taylor, 1982, ISBN 0-87833-330-4, p. 64.
  5. "Bill Herchman Stats". Retrieved 2009-12-16.
  6. Jack Geddie, The Families Geddie & McPhail, Fort Worth: Geddie, 1959, p. 152.
  7. Jack Geddie, Southern Pollards, Fort Worth: Geddie, 1971, OCLC 605427, p.108.

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