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Herb Siegert - 2022 Hall of Fame Inductee

Herb Siegert - Graduated from Pana High School -1941)

Herbert Frank Siegert (January 10, 1924 – September 26, 2008) was a football guard and linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins.

Siegert originally attended Illinois Wesleyan University, and then served in World War II as a Marine in the Pacific. After the war, he played college football at the University of Illinois and won the Big Ten Conference in 1946, as well as the 1947 Rose Bowl against the University of California, Los Angeles. Siegert captained the 1948 team, and he won All-American honors.

Siegert was drafted in the 18th round of the 1949 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, where he played from 1949 to 1951.

After football, Siegert worked as an insurance agent. He and his wife Joan had five daughters. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Pana, Pana Rotary Club, Pana Lodge #226 AFAM, Christian County Shrine Club, Ansar Shrine, Pana Sportsman's Club and Pana Country Club. He had been a Pony League coach and was active in community projects and fundraisers. Herb was one of the first members of Pana Industrial Development Corporation which encouraged industry in Pana. He was a member of several boards including serving for 45 years on the board of First National Bank of Pana where he was Chairman of the Board for 20 years. Herb was a strong individual who loved his family. His prayers were answered as he was able to maintain his sense of humor to the end.

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