Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Pat Harder

Pat Harder


  • Position: Fullback
  • School: Wisconsin
  • High School: Milwaukee, WI (Washington HS)
  • Years: 1941-1942
  • Inducted: 1993
  • Place of Birth: Milwaukee, WI
  • Date of Birth: May 06, 1922
  • Place of Death: Waukesha, WI
  • Date of Death: Sep 06, 1992
  • Jersey Number: 34
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 195

Member Biography

Marlin "Pat" Harder was the inspiration for a unique cheer from Wisconsin rooters. When the going got tough, they would yell, "Hit 'em again - Harder! Harder! Harder!" Pat came out of Washington High School, Milwaukee, and was Wisconsin's fullback 1941-1942. He stood 5-11, weighed 195, and was an outstanding ball carrier, blocker, and place kicker. In 1941 he led the Big Ten in rushing and scoring. In 1942 the Badgers went 8-1-1. They knocked off national champion Ohio State 17-7 with Harder scoring 17 points. He was part of a backfield that included Jack Wink at quarterback and the H�s�Harder, Hoskins, and Hirsch. Harder served in the Marines in World War II. He had another year of eligibility but passed it up and joined the pros after his discharge from service. He was in two College All- Star games, 1943 and 1946. He was collegians� Most Valuable Player in 1943; in a 27-7 victory over the Redskins, Harder made two touchdowns and three extra points. He was with the Chicago Cardinals 1946-1950 and Detroit Lions 1951-1953. He led the pro league in scoring 1947-1949. Harder served as an NFL official 17 years, 1966-1982. He was vice-president of a car leasing firm in Milwaukee. Harder was born May 6, 1922, in Milwaukee and he died September 6, 1992.