Tom Hearden

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Tom Hearden
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Biographical details
Born(1904-09-08)September 8, 1904
Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedDecember 27, 1964(1964-12-27) (aged 60)
Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.
Playing career
1924–1926 Notre Dame
1927–1928 Green Bay Packers
1929 Chicago Bears
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1930–1933 Racine St. Catherine's HS (WI)
1934–1935 Racine Park HS (WI)
1936 Green Bay East HS (WI)
1946–1952 St. Norbert
1954–1955 Green Bay Packers (assistant)
1956 Wisconsin (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall40–14 (college)

Thomas Francis "Red" Hearden (September 8, 1904 – December 27, 1964) was an American football player and coach.


Tom Hearden was born in Appleton, Wisconsin. As a boy, his family move to Green Bay, Wisconsin. From 1920–22 He played in the backfield for Green Bay East High School's football team with his brothers and Jim Crowley. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame, under head coach Knute Rockne, and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) as a halfback for the Green Bay Packers, under head coach Curly Lambeau, and the Chicago Bears, under head coach George Halas.

College career

College football

As a sophomore, he was a member of the 1924 National Championship team that featured the Four Horsemen backfield (including Crowley). That team defeated Stanford, led by Ernie Nevers and coached by Pop Warner, in the 1925 Rose Bowl, although Hearden did not appear in that game. He was team captain his senior year and a three-year letterman.

Coaching career

In 1930, Hearden coached for the St. Catherine's High School (Racine, Wisconsin) program, obtaining a record of 26–3–3 and two Catholic conference titles. [1] He coached for Racine Park for the 1934–35 seasons, and posted an 8–5–3 record. In 1936, Hearden returned to his alma mater, Green Bay East High School, and achieved a 51–3–1 mark through 1942. East won 32 straight games at one point and won or shared six conference titles in that seven-year stretch. [2]

He joined the navy in 1943. After the war, he returned to Wisconsin. As the head football coach at St. Norbert College from 1946 to 1952, he compiled a record of 40–14. He joined the Green Bay Packers in 1954 and stayed for two years, leaving to serve as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin in 1956. He returned to the Packers in 1957. Later that same year, he suffered a stroke, ending his coaching career. [3]

Awards and honors

Head coaching record


St. Norbert Green Knights (Independent)(1946–1950)
1946 St. Norbert 8–0
1947 St. Norbert7–1
1948 St. Norbert4–5
1949 St. Norbert4–4
1950 St. Norbert7–0
1951 St. Norbert4–4
1952 St. Norbert6–0
St. Norbert:40–14

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