October 1, 1911|
Johnson City, Tennessee, US
|Died||April 25, 1958
|Alma mater||Baylor School
University of Tennessee
|1929-1934||Tennessee Volunteers (college)
Brooklyn Dodgers (NFL)
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1935-1951||Wake Forest (assistant coach)
North Carolina State (assistant coach)
West Point (assistant coach)
Yale University (head coach)
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
*All American selection (1931)
*All-Pro selection (1933)
|College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1959 (profile)
Herman M. Hickman (October 1, 1911 - April 25, 1958) was a Hall of Fame college football player for the University of Tennessee and later a head football coach for Yale University. He played pro football for the NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers. He later was a TV and radio analyst and broadcaster, a writer and a professional wrestler.
Hickman came to UT from Johnson City, TN. Hickman was a guard for the Tennessee Volunteers football team from 1929–1931. He was named to Grantland Rice's All American football team in 1931 on the heels of his performance in the New York University (NYU) Charity game at Yankee Stadium. Hickman was also named to the All-Southern team in 1931, joining teammate Gene McEver. Legendary coach Robert Neyland held Hickman in high regard. "When one (football writer) said Hickman was 'the best guard the South ever produced,' Coach General Bob Neyland snarled, 'Herman Hickman is the greatest guard football has ever known.'" 
Following his time at Tennessee, Hickman played for the NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers from 1932 to 1934. He was named an All Pro at left guard in 1933. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959.
Hickman was an assistant at Wake Forest, North Carolina State and West Point before earning the head coaching position at Yale in 1948. He led the Bulldogs to a 16-17-2 record before resigning in 1951.
- Handsome Dan VII, the Yale Bulldog mascot was donated to Hickman at age 3 but proved to have a bad temper, which suited him better in his next position as a watchdog on a Florida estate.
- The Herman Hickman Scholarship was "(e)stablished by UT alumni and friends in 1958 following the death of Herman Hickman... This graduate scholarship is awarded to varsity athletes in the field of their choice. The recipient currently receives $1,000 per semester."
- HickokSports.com Bio
- College Football Hall of Fame Bio
- Professional Football Researchers Association
- 2006 University of Tennessee Football Media Guide