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Inductee Profile

Herb Paul


Herb graduated from RLHS in 1935. In football he was a three-year letterman and triple threat running back for the Lakers. In his senior year he never left the playing field and was acclaimed as the greatest running back ever from Northwest Wisconsin. His 16 touchdowns in 1934 broke Pug Lund’s record and his 27 career touchdowns both stood as school records for 45 years. In October of 1934, his five rushing touchdowns against Spooner held up as a school record for 63 years. In addition, 14 of his 16 touchdowns in 1934 were from beyond 20 yards. In one game he carried the ball three consecutive times for touchdown runs of 75, 60 and 50 yards. On four occasions, Herb scored on the opening kick-off - one going for 95 yards. As a punter he averaged 35 yards per kick including an 80 yard spiral punt. In his sophomore year Rice Lake won the H o’ N Championship, going 4 and 1 and 5 and 1 all. Herb went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison after lettering for two years as a running back for the Badgers. During the early to mid 1930’s, Herb, along with his four brothers, formed the nucleus of the Rice Lake Hockey Club which was very successful. Herb was proud to have received offers to play organized hockey in Canada. After serving in the Navy during WWII, Herb was a Physical Education Coordinator at the Veteran’s Hospital in Tomah. He passed away in October of 1998.

Herb Paul
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