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Mark Herrmann, a Carmel, Ind., native and former Colts and Purdue quarterback, has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.


Former Colts Quarterback passed for almost 10,000 yards at Purdue

Former Indianapolis Colts and Purdue quarterback Mark Herrmann was named to the College Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Herrmann enjoyed an 11-year NFL career, including two different stints with the Colts. He entered the league in 1982 as a fourth-round draft choice of the Denver Broncos. He first played with the Colts in 1983 in Baltimore and then moved with the franchise to Indianapolis in 1984. Herrmann came back to the franchise in 1990 after spending three seasons with the San Diego Chargers and two years with the Los Angeles Rams from 1985-89. He retired in 1992.

In five seasons with the Colts, Herrmann completed 74 of 136 passes for 922 yards and two touchdowns. For his career, he passed for 4,015 yards and 16 touchdowns.

"This is the ultimate for me," Herrmann told Jeff Rabjohns of the Indianapolis Star. "I enjoyed the whole Purdue experience so much with my teammates and coaches. To be recognized now in the Hall of Fame, it doesn't get any better than that."

Herrmann shattered the previous NCAA career passing record by over 2,000 yards, finishing his career with 9,946 passing yards. In 1980, he was the Big Ten Most Valuable Player and graduated as the conference career leader in completions, attempts, completion percentage, passing yards and touchdowns.

Following his playing career, Herrmann joined the Colts radio crew as an analyst from 1994-2004.

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