Herring (No. 54), playing for the Seattle Seahawks, tackling Matt Forte (No. 22) of the Chicago Bears, in September 2009.
|No. 54 New Orleans Saints|
|Date of birth:August 28, 1983|
|Place of birth: Opelika, Alabama|
|High School: Opelika (AL)|
|Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)||Weight: 241 lb (109 kg)|
|NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 5 / Pick: 161|
|Debuted in 2007 for the Seattle Seahawks|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012|
|Stats at NFL.com|
William Ronald Herring (born August 28, 1983) is an American football linebacker for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn.
At Auburn, Herring played safety before moving to outside linebacker his senior season. He held the school career record with 49 consecutive starts, which was broken by Offensive Left Tackle Lee Ziemba in 2010. He also led the team in tackles his junior and senior seasons.
From 2007 through 2010 Herring played a pivotal role on special teams, and as a back-up outside linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks. After the 2010 season, Herring signed with the New Orleans Saints, to be not only a special teams threat like he was in Seattle, but to get more playing time at linebacker. Now going into the 2012 season Herring will almost certainly be one of the special teams leaders, while also working to get playing time. The Saints very strong depth at linebacker will make it tough to get minutes. He was cut by the Saints on March 12, 2013 and re-signed on March 21, 2013.
Herring was among the inaugural class of 345 inductees into the National Football Foundation National Honor Society, a recognition program for players who excel both on the field and in the classroom.
- "NFF Announces Inaugural National Honor Society". National Football Foundation. 2007-04-25. http://www.footballfoundation.com/news.php?id=1143. Retrieved 2007-07-18.