Former all-purpose yardage record holder arrested for heroin possession

Mack Herron, who once held the single-season record for all-purpose yardage, has been arrested in Chicago for heroin possession, according to various media reports.

It was Herron’s 20th arrest in Chicago since the 1960s, all of which have related to narcotics.

Per SportingNews.com, Herron was selected by the Falcons in the sixth round of the 1970 draft.  He ended up in Canada, and he was a runner-up for the league’s MVP award in 1972.

According to the Patriots’ website (via the Chicago Sun-Times), Herron was selling jeans in Chicago when Dick Steinberg, a Patriots scout who had coached Herron in college, lobbied for New England to sign him.

In 1974, the five-foot, five-inch Herron racked up 2,444 all-purpose yards for the Patriots, breaking Gale Sayers record of 2,440.

The current mark was set by Derrick Mason in 2000, with 2,690.  But Herron’s per-game average of 174.3 is more than six yards better than Mason’s average of 168.25.  Herron’s 37-year-old feat ranks ninth on the all-time list, but every player in front of him needed 16 games to surpass what Herron did in 14.

The sad part is that he’s now remembered only because he once again has landed on the wrong side of the law.  Maybe the message to the NFL is that records should be kept not based on full-season gross numbers, but based on average per game.  Especially if/when the season grows to 18 games.

22 responses to “Former all-purpose yardage record holder arrested for heroin possession

  1. 1970?? I’m 50 years old and don’t remember the guy……Dude must be like 70 years old, his lawyer should just say it’s his glaucoma medication and be done with it.

  2. I didn’t know it was possible to get arrested 20 times and not be in prison for an extended amount of time.

  3. “It was Herron’s 20th arrest in Chicago since the 1960s, all of which have related to narcotics.”

    Well, I would venture to say he is a drug addict.

    And I believe, as Rush Limbaugh will tell you (you know, between mouthfuls of narcotics) that he should be in prison for life to protect society.

  4. For a second there, I though Lionel ‘Little Train’ James had run off the tracks.

  5. Cowboys DE Harvey Martin grabbed Herron and slammed him to the ground one time and screamed, “It’s a big man’s game!” He was probably tripping balls on greenies at the time.

  6. @thenewenglandpatriots12 says:

    May 7, 2011 9:16 PM

    Who expects a 62 year old to be in possession of heroin?

    ANSWER: Any fan or person paying attention to Keith Richards.

  7. jbl429 says:
    May 7, 2011 9:30 PM
    I didn’t know it was possible to get arrested 20 times and not be in prison for an extended amount of time
    ———————————

    Technically you can get arrested 100 times without spending a day in prison as long as you’re not convicted.

  8. @ chocopoppy;
    If a family member was addicted to heroin ,or your home ransacked by a junkie or worse someone you know is murdered for their wallet so a junkie can buy a “legal” bag of black tar. Would that be “a story”?

  9. This is a sad story. I wish him the best. Anyone true football fan with any decency, especially those that claim to be Christians, should take a moment to remember: there but for the grace of God go I.

    Happy mother’s day.

  10. no, lost one, only those who basically lost their moorings furr-ever…

  11. “Mini” Mac Herron ….. how can you be a 50 year old Patriots fan and NOT know who this guy is?

    This guy had more heart than players twice his size, and was a major factor on some very good Patriots teams in the mid-Seventies. I remember staying up all night after the Red Sox lost game 7 against the Reds in 1975, and in the morning we slipped into Schaefer Stadium to watch the Pats practice, and seeing Mack walking by the stands in front of us next to massive John Hannah. Talk about your Mutt and Jeff’s!

    Too bad his life has taken the track it has, Mini Mack Herron wil always have a warm place in the hearts of older Patriots fans ….. you know, us old farts who were around BEFORE the Glory Days.

    That day, by the way, we had the pleasure of being kicked out of that practice by none other than Chuck Fairbanks, himself!

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