Former Football Star Arrested On West Side

CHICAGO (STMW) – A 1960s city football hero from Farrgaut High School and NFL record-holder was arrested Friday afternoon in the West Side’s Lawndale neighborhood and charged with possessing heroin.

About 3 p.m., police saw 62-year-old Mack Herron walk through into the back door of an abandoned building at 1608 S. Drake Ave. and as they stopped him, he allegedly dropped a small tin foil pack containing heroin, police said.

Herron, of the 1800 block of South Hamlin Avenue, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. He is expected to appear in bond court later Saturday.

It was his 20th arrest in Chicago since the late 1960s. The arrests were largely narcotics-related.

Herron was a local football standout at Farragut High School on the West Side in the 1960s. He went on to Canadian Football League after playing college ball at Kansas State, according to his biography on the website for the New England Patriots.

Herron was selling jeans in Chicago when Patriots scout Dick Steinberg who was his college coach alerted the Patriots of his availability after being waived out of the CFL, according to the website.

Herron signed on with the New England Patriots in 1973 where in his first season he broke eight Patriot records and tied another.

Herron, who is 5-foot-5, was known as “Mini Mack.’’ The following season he had a combined total yardage of 2,444, shattering the 1966 record held by Gale Sayers for all-purpose yardage, according to the website.

Harrison Area detectives are investigating.

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  • Stan17

    As I vividly remember, Mini-Mac was such a dynamic player for the Patriots in the early 70’s. Sadly, even then it was well known that he was struggling with his demons. Very sad.

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  • Jerry

    HaHaHaHaHaHa, look at this fool’s mugshot, HaHaHa.

  • Johhny

    He should be in church praying for souls to be saved instead of using and peddleing heroin. That is a potentially danger to your health and well being. He is 62 and look oldern than that. He was a real hero to many and now it seems that has become a negative example to all children who grew up with him during the seventys. Please, pray for this lost soul. May God have mercy on him and save his troubled life. Now, how many years is he gona get for possession of a controlled substance? Was he using that poison on himself too?

    • Sam

      Heroin is supposed to be, a really good buzz. Only saying….

  • Pam Whitmore Gutierrez

    Sad, very sad, I knew Mac at K-STate as I worked at the athletic dept and was in charge of all athletic scholarships. I also was married to a K-State FB player and one day my husband came to my office to let us know that Mac had just been arrested at the Athletic Dorm. Seems that during Thanksgiving vacation when most of the team had gone home, Mac decided to rent a U-Haul and load it up with everything that wasn’t nailed down that his team-mates had left behind. Mac was such a talented explosive player and soooo much fun to watch. I lost track of him after he went to Canada…I had no idea he came back and had such a impressive career. I find this article very upsetting as Mac had it all and never could hang on to it..

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