Herb Joesting
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Date of birth: (1905-04-17)April 17, 1905
Place of birth: Little Falls, Minnesota
Date of death: October 2, 1963(1963-10-02) (aged 58)
Place of death: St. Paul, Minnesota
Career information
Position(s): Halfback, fullback
Career highlights and awards
Playing stats at
Coaching stats at Pro Football Reference
College Football Hall of Fame

Herbert Walter Joesting (April 17, 1905 – October 2, 1963) was an American football player and coach. He was a consensus All-American fullback while playing for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in both 1926 and 1927. He also played three seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

Early yearsEdit

Joesting was born in Little Falls, Minnesota,[1] and grew up in Owatonna, Minnesota.[2] He played high school football at Owatonna High School and set the school's scoring record in 1923 with 89 points.[3] He became known as the "Owatonna Thunderbolt".[2][4]

University of MinnesotaEdit

Joesting enrolled at the University of Minnesota in 1924 and played college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team from 1925 to 1927. As a junior in 1926, he rushed for 962 yards in eight games and led the Big Ten Conference in scoring with 13 touchdowns and 78 points.[5] His 13 touchdowns also tied Red Grange's single-season record.[6] After the 1926 season, he was voted by his teammates to be the captain of the 1927 Minnesota team.[7] Potsy Clark called Joesting the best fullback he ever saw.[8]

Joesting won numerous honors during his time at Minnesota. He was selected as a consensus fullback on the 1926 and 1927 College Football All-America Teams.[9] He also won first-team All-Big Ten Conference honors for three consecutive years in 1925, 1926,[10] and 1927.[11] He was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954,[2] the Helms Foundation Football Hall of Fame in 1961,[12] and the University of Minnesota Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.[4]

Professional basketball and footballEdit

After leaving the University of Minnesota, Joesting played professional basketball in 1928 with the field artillery basketball team of Minneapolis.[13] In 1929, he joined the Minneapolis Red Jackets as player-coach, leading the team to a 1–9 record. In 1930, he was traded to the Frankford Yellow Jackets. He played for Frankford and the Chicago Bears in 1931 and finished his career with the Bears in 1932.[1]

Later yearsEdit

In 1930, Joesting began a career, interrupted by leaves to play professional football, with the Minnesota Department of Motor Vehicles, becoming supervisor of deputy registrars in 1952.[14] Joesting died of heart disease in 1963 at age 58 while driving a car near his home in St. Paul, Minnesota.[14]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Herb Joesting". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Herb "Owatonna Thunderbolt" Joesting". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  3. "Timeline of Owatonna Football History". Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Herb Joesting". University of Minnesota. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  5. "Herb Joesting Greatest Grid Star In West". Miami Daily News and Metropolis (AP story): p. 10. November 22, 1926.,5807024.
  6. "Joesting Ties Grange's Big Ten Scoring Record". Chicago Tribune. November 22, 1926.
  7. "Gophers Elect Joesting 1927 Football Pilot". Chicago Tribune. December 2, 1926.
  8. "Joesting Puts Owatonna on Map in Capitals". The Ludington Daily News (AP story). December 9, 1926.,5887416.
  9. "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 5. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  10. "Big Ten Coaches, Picking All Star Eleven, Praise Joesting, Oosterbaan". The Milwaukee Journal (AP story): p. 23. November 30, 1926.,2711419.
  11. "Big Ten Grid Coaches Choose All-Conference Mythical Elevens". Daily Illini. November 24, 1927.
  12. "Select 21 Men for Grid Hall of Fame". The Gettysburg Times (AP story). September 28, 1961.,2166487.
  13. "Herb Joesting Plays With Pro Cagers". The Milwaukee Journal. February 12, 1928.,2360735.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Herb Joesting, 2-Time Minnesota All-America, Dies". Park City Daily News: p. 10. October 2, 1963.,2505876.

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