Class of 1933

Bernie Scherer

HometownSpencer, NE
High schoolDallas (S.D.)

Bernie Scherer became the first Husker selected in the NFL Draft when the Green Bay Packers made him a third-round selection (25th overall) in the first NFL Draft on on Feb. 8, 1936.

Scherer joined the Huskers in 1933 at 5-foot-11 and 167 pounds, earning a scholarship at the offensive end position. He went on to win three letters, was a two-time All-Bix Six selection and played in the East-West Shrine Game.

He played three NFL seasons in Green Bay, winning the NFL championship during his rookie season under legendary coach Curly Lambeau, and one season in Pittsburgh. In four seasons, Scherer played in 35 games — starting eight — and totaled 13 receptions for 242 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a 50-yard interception return for a score in 1936.

In an undated interview that ran on the Packers website in 2014, Scherer described his time in Green Bay, the fan support, Lambeau's innovative coaching style and practicing in Central Park leading up to the 1936 NFL Championship in New York, which Green Bay won 21-6.

From Spencer, Nebraska, Scherer was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1985. He attended Dallas High School in Dallas, S.D.

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