Professional Football Player, Assistant National Football League Coach. For four seasons (1949 to 1952), he played at the linebacker and center positions in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns. Born Harold Moreland Herring, he attended West Point High School in Alabama. He enrolled at Auburn University and begun to play collegiate football, when World War II intervened. He served with the United States Army, saw action in the European Theater and was recipient of a Bronze Star. Upon his return home, he resumed his athletics and played the quarterback, center, fullback and linebacker positions. Selected by the Chicago Cardinals during the 9th round of the 1949 NFL Draft, he ended up in the AAFC with Buffalo. The league folded at the end of the 1949 season and Herring moved on to Cleveland, after the franchise joined the NFL. He experienced a world championship as the Cleveland Browns capture the league title in 1950. He compiled 46 regular season games. After retiring as a player, he began a lengthy coaching career, initially as an assistant at Auburn (1953 to 1965). During his tenure as a defensive coordinator, under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Ralph Jordan, Auburn captured the national championship in 1957. In 1966, Herring returned to the professional ranks as defensive coordinator with the Atlanta Falcons (1966 to 1968). He was responsible for recruiting Outland Trophy winner Tommy Nobis and Hall of Fame player Claude Humphrey. He served a stint on the coaching staff of the San Diego Chargers from 1971 to 1972. He served as athletic director at DeKalb Community College in Georgia and earned his doctorate.
Bio by: C.S.