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Feature obit: Herb Zimmerman ’52

Feature obit: Herb Zimmerman ’52

A  hard-nosed defensive tackle for Dutch Meyer’s Horned Frogs in the 1950s, Herbert A. Zimmerman ’52 was a stalwart lineman and fierce tackler before becoming a successful college coach himself. Zimmerman passed away in October. He was 83.

Zimmerman starred for TCU from 1949 to 1951, garnering All-Southwest Conference honors in 1950 and 1951. As a senior, he also was picked as an Honorable Mention All-America selection. Legendary sportswriter Dan Jenkins ’53 once tabbed him as among the Frogs’ all-time best. TCU inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1995.

Zimmerman’s 1951 squad rallied with two victories late in the year over SMU and Rice to win the Southwest Conference title and play in the Cotton Bowl – the last under Meyer.

After a playing career, Zimmerman coached high school football in East Texas and later at the college level at Baylor and SMU, among other stops. Later, he was a successful businessman in real estate and ranching in North Texas.