Date of birth: (1946-10-17) October 17, 1946 (age 73)
Place of birth: Petoskey, Michigan[1]
Career information
Position(s): Defensive Tackle
NFL Draft: 1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Playing stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

Herbert Vaughn Orvis (born October 17, 1946) is a former American football defensive tackle who played for the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Colts in a ten-year career that lasted from 1972 to 1981 in the National Football League.

Orvis played college football at the University of Colorado. Orvis was a 1971 All-American and twice earned first-team All-Big Eight honors. He was named to the 1970s All-Big Eight Decade team. In 1971, CU finished ranked #3 in national polls. In 2014, Orvis was named to the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame.[2]

Orvis was drafted 16th overall in the first round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Lions, playing for five years with that team. From 1978-81, he played for the Colts.[1][2]

In 1971 he was an All-American. Two times he received first-team All-Big Eight honors. He was inducted into the Colorado University Athletic Hall of Fame on October 30, 2014. and was named to its All-Century team, celebrating the first 100 years of Buffaloes’ football.[3]

After football, he grew citrus fruit, owned an art gallery, ran a construction business. He retired in 2013.[2]

Orvis was chosen to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on January 8, 2015. The ceremony was held Dec. 6, 2016 in New York City.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Herb Orvis Career stats"., National Football League.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Richardson, Steve. "Herb Orvis’ Stint in Army Led to Hall of Fame Career at Colorado May 9, 2017". College, Features, on Campus Salute. National Football Foundation, Football Matters. Retrieved October 17, 2017. "This story originally ran in the program for the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, where Herb Orvis was officially inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame."
  3. BUFFZONE.COM (February 21, 2017) [January 8, 2016]. "Herb Orvis, former CU Buffs pass rusher, named to College Football Hall of Fame Fame.". Denver Post. Retrieved October 18, 2017.

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