Custom Pat Harder Jersey Large

Marlin Martin “Pat” Harder (May 6, 1922 – September 6, 1992) (FB) was the first player in NFL history to scored 100 or more points in three consecutive seasons and was a member of the Chicago Cardinals “Million Dollar Backfield” with quarterback Paul Christman and halfback Charley Trippi. The Milwaukee native played fullback for the University of Wisconsin, leading them to an 8-1-1 record in 1942 and a third place finish in the NCAA national standings. In 1943, Pat began serving in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and turned pro after returning once the war ended. Having drafted Harder second overall in the 1944 NFL Draft, the Cardinals also used the 5’11, 200 pound fullback as a place kicker and kick returner. Subsequently, he led the NFL once in field goal attempts, field goals made and field goal percentage, twice in extra point attempts and extra points made and three times in total points from 1947 to 1949. Pat played eight seasons with the Cardinals (1946-1950) and the Detroit Lions (1951-1953) and was named to two NFL Pro Bowls. In 1948, Harder rushed for 554 yards and six touchdowns and hit 53 of 53 extra points to earn the NFL UPI Most Valuable Player award. He led the Cardinals to the 1947 NFL Championship and then took the Lions to back-to-back league titles in 1952 and 1953. Pat Harder finished his career with 3,016 rushing yards and 33 TDs, 864 receiving yards and five touchdowns, 35 field goals made on 69 attempts and 198 PATs on 204 attempts. In 86 career games, he scored a total of 531 points. Harder remained in football as an NFL official from 1966 to 1982 and officiated the famous 1972 Immaculate Reception game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders. Pat Harder was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

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