Efren Herrera

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Efren Herrera
No. 1
Position: Kicker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1951-07-30) July 30, 1951 (age 64)
Place of birth: Guadalajara, Mexico
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school: La Puente (CA)
College: UCLA
NFL draft: 1974 / Round: 7 / Pick: 169
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

Efren Herrera (born July 30, 1951, Guadalajara) is a Mexican-American former placekicker in the National Football League from 19741982.

After a college career at the University of California, Los Angeles, he kicked for the Dallas Cowboys in 1974 and 1976–1977. He was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1977 season. He was a part of the Cowboys' Super Bowl XII-winning team. He later kicked for the Seattle Seahawks as well as the Oklahoma Outlaws of the United States Football League.

Early years[edit]

At age 15, his family moved to the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico. He attended La Puente High School and practiced soccer with no knowledge about football, until he was spotted kicking a basketball into a soccer goal. He eventually joined the football team, playing as a placekicker and safety. He also lettered in baseball, wrestling and track.

Herrera accepted a scholarship to UCLA where he was a placekicker for the football team and a forward/midfielder for the soccer team. In 1971 against the University of Washington, he set the school record for made field goals (4) in one game. In the opening game of the 1972 season, he kicked the game-winning field goal, with 20 seconds left, in UCLA's 20–17 upset of two-time defending national champion Nebraska. In 1973 he broke the school's PATs attempted (64) and made (61) record. As a senior in 1974 he led the nation in scoring.

During his career, the UCLA Bruins football team regularly finished among the leaders in the nation in scoring, which helped him leave as the school and NCAA career leader in scoring with 368 points (1971-1974). He also set the career record for PATs attempted (127) and made (121).

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Lions[edit]

Herrera was selected in the seventh round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, and was also drafted by the Los Angeles Aztecs of the NASL. He was waived on September 12, before the season started.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys signed him as a free agent after the third game of the 1974 season.[1] The next year he was lost with a knee injury and was placed on the injured reserve list.[2]

In 1977 he was an All-Pro selection, the NFL second leading scorer (93 points) and made the 1978 Pro Bowl at the end of the season. He also helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl XII, while tying the league record for most field goals attempted (5) in a game.

On August 14, 1978 he was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a fifth round draft choice, because of a contract dispute.[3] The Cowboys replaced him with Rafael Septien.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

In Seattle he became a fan favorite as part of a special teams unit that was known for its fake field goal plays, where he had to pass, catch, block and run. In 1979 he recorded a career high 100 points. The next year he set club and career records for most field goals in a season (20) and in a game (4).

On November 16, 1981, he was placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury.[4] He was waived in favor of rookie Norm Johnson on September 9, 1982.

Buffalo Bills[edit]

In 1982 he was signed by the Buffalo Bills for the strike abbreviated season (playing only 7 games) and was released at the end of the year. At the time he ranked second all-time in career field goal accuracy with 67.8%.[5]

Los Angeles Raiders[edit]

In 1983 he was signed by the Los Angeles Raiders, but was cut on August 16.[6]

Oklahoma/Arizona Outlaws (USFL)[edit]

In 1984 he signed with the Oklahoma Outlaws, which merged with the Arizona Wranglers on December 4. On January 25, 1985, he was released by the Arizona Outlaws after the team acquired Luis Zendejas.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Herrera is currently an assistant coach at Claremont High School in Claremont, California.[citation needed]

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