Herb Orvis
No. 80, 88
Born:(1946-10-17)October 17, 1946
Petoskey, Michigan, U.S.[1]
Died:August 14, 2020(2020-08-14) (aged 73)
Goodyear, Arizona, U.S.
Career information
Position(s)Defensive tackle
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight248 lb (112 kg)
NFL draft1972 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Drafted byDetroit Lions
Career history
As player
1972–1977Detroit Lions
1978–1981Baltimore Colts

Herbert Vaughn Orvis (October 17, 1946 – August 14, 2020) was an American professional football player who was a defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Colts in a ten-year career that lasted from 1972 to 1981 in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Colorado Buffaloes.


Orvis went to Beecher High School. He joined the United States Army prior to his senior year at Beecher High School. Orvis was able to receive his high school diploma after serving overseas in the military.[2] Orvis played college football at the University of Colorado. Orvis was a 1971 All-American and twice earned first-team All-Big Eight honors. He was named to the 1970s All-Big Eight Decade team. In 1971, CU finished ranked #3 in national polls. In 2014, Orvis was named to the University of Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame.[3]

Orvis was drafted 16th overall in the first round of the 1972 NFL Draft by the Lions, playing for five years with that team. The last four seasons of his playing career were with the Baltimore Colts which had acquired him from the Lions on May 1, 1978, for Freddie Scott and a fourth-round selection (107th overall) in the NFL Draft which eventually became Homer Elias one day later.[4][5]

In 1971 he was an All-American. Two times he received first-team All-Big Eight honors. He was inducted into the Colorado University Athletic Hall of Fame on October 30, 2014, and was named to its All-Century team, celebrating the first 100 years of Buffaloes’ football.[6]

After football, he grew citrus fruit, owned an art gallery, and ran a construction business. He retired in 2013.[3]

Orvis was chosen to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on January 8, 2015. The ceremony was held December 6, 2016 in New York City.[3] Orvis died on August 14, 2020, at the age of 73.[7]


  1. ^ "Herb Orvis Career stats". NFL.com, National Football League.
  2. ^ CU Buffs Farmer Herb Orvis passes away
  3. ^ a b c Richardson, Steve. "Herb Orvis' Stint in Army Led to Hall of Fame Career at Colorado May 9, 2017". College, Features, on Campus Salute. National Football Foundation, Football Matters. Archived from the original on October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 17, 2017. This story originally ran in the program for the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, where Herb Orvis was officially inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
  4. ^ "Colts Trade Scott to Lions For Orvis, Draft Choice," The Associated Press (AP), Monday, May 1, 1978. Retrieved October 20, 2020
  5. ^ 1978 NFL Draft Pick Transactions, May 2, 1978 (Rounds 1–6) & May 3, 1978 (Rounds 7–12) – Pro Sports Transactions. Retrieved October 20, 2020
  6. ^ BUFFZONE.COM (February 21, 2017) [January 8, 2016]. "Herb Orvis, former CU Buffs pass rusher, named to College Football Hall of Fame Fame". Denver Post. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  7. ^ Savage, Brendan (August 14, 2020). "Flint native and former Detroit Lions DE Herb Orvis, a 'giant within giants,' dies at age 73". MLive.com. Retrieved August 15, 2020.

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