Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Don Heinrich

Don Heinrich


  • Position: Quarterback
  • School: Washington
  • High School: Bremerton, WA (Bremerton HS)\r
  • Years: 1949-1950, 1952
  • Inducted: 1987
  • Place of Birth: Bremerton, WA
  • Date of Birth: Sep 19, 1930
  • Place of Death: Saratoga, CA
  • Date of Death: Feb 29, 1992
  • Jersey Number: 22
  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 180

Member Biography

When Don Heinrich played quarterback for smallish Bremerton High (a suburb of Seattle), he was good enough to carry the team on his back...right to the State Championship. The highly sought-after, 6-0, 180-pound quarterback then decided to stay right at home and enrolled at the University of Washington. Heinrich led the nation in passing in 1950 and 1952, and was named to the Associated Press All-America teams both years. (He missed the 1951 season with an injury.) He finished his Washington career with 4,392 yards passing and 33 touchdowns. After serving 21 months in the U.S. Army, Don played professional football for the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys. After his playing career he spent time on the coaching staffs of the Giants, Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers. During this period, the gifted Heinrich did some radio and TV work. This led to a full time career in broadcasting. He died February 29, 1992, at age 61.