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Richard Herbruck

In the fall of 1946, a scrawny 13-year old freshman, Richard Herbruck, came under the guidance of Garfield High's new line coach, Dan "Babe Flossie, and the two have remained friends ever since. Under "Babe's" tutelage Herbruck grew into a two-time All-City choice and an All-Ohio guard in 1949. Earlier that year, Herbruck remembers that fellow inductee, Tim Flossie, "Babe's" first son, was born. Herbruck also had another passion besides football. He was the state snare drum champion all four years at Garfield and, later he played and recorded with the Tiger-Town Five, a top college jazz band. Herbruck earned a four-year football scholarship to Princeton, where he was a three-year starter under the legendary Charlie Caldwell. Standing but 5-9 and weighing in at a whooping 167 pounds, Herbruck, an offensive guard, helped the 1952 Tigers win eight of nine games and capture the Big Three (Princeton, Harvard & Yale) Conference title. His junior and senior seasons, Herbruck went both ways at guard as Princeton compiled of 5-3-1 in '53 and 5-4 in '54. The latter campaign, Herbruck was voted first team All-Ivy League and was a third team All-East pick. In 1980, Herbruck was honored by his alma mater, receiving Princeton's Outstanding Alumni Award.

Inducted 1993 | Football