Martine Bercher

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Martine Bercher
No. 17 (Arkansas)
Position: Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1944-02-23)February 23, 1944
Place of birth: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Date of death: December 7, 2005(2005-12-07) (aged 61)
Place of death: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Career information
College: Arkansas
NFL Draft: 1967 / Round: 6 / Pick: 151
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Martine Bercher (February 23, 1944 – December 7, 2005) was an American football defensive back for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks football team from 1962-1966.[2] He was a member of the 1964 National Championship team that won the 1965 Cotton Bowl Classic, and was named to the University of Arkansas All Century Team in 1994.


Bercher attended the University of Arkansas from 1962–1966, where he would become an All-American. Bercher played under Frank Broyles as a defensive back, and was a sophomore on the 1964 National Championship team.


Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Bercher was drafted in the sixth round with the 151st pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1967 NFL Draft.[3] He was with the Falcons for only the 1967 NFL season.[4]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Bercher became a member of the Minnesota Vikings for 1968. This would be the Fort Smith natives' final year of professional football.

After football[edit]

Catholic High School hired Bercher as a teacher and assistant football coach in 1969. He moved back to Fort Smith to care for his ill father-in-law in 1972. Bercher would re-open his father-in-law's restaurant and operate it for over 30 years until his death in 2005.


  1. ^ Bailey, John. "Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame: Martine Bercher; Fort Smith flash kept foes on toes." Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Article. Retrieved on April 19, 2009.
  2. ^ "Martine Bercher Jr.." December 12, 2005. Southwest Times-Record. Article. Retrieved on April 19, 2009.
  3. ^ "Pro Grids Like Walker". The Dispatch. March 16, 1967. Retrieved January 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rookies Dropped By Pro Teams". Bonham Daily Favorite. August 10, 1967. Retrieved 11 January 2011.