|Date of birth:||July 30, 1951|
|Place of birth:||Guadalajara, Mexico|
|Height:||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight:||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school:||La Puente (CA)|
|NFL Draft:||1974 / Round: 7 / Pick: 169|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
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|Player stats at PFR|
After a college career at the University of California, Los Angeles, he kicked for the Dallas Cowboys in 1974 and 1976–1977. He was selected to the Pro Bowl after the 1977 season. He was a part of the Cowboys' Super Bowl XII-winning team. He later kicked for the Seattle Seahawks as well as the Oklahoma Outlaws of the United States Football League.
At age 15, his family moved to the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico. He attended La Puente High School and practiced soccer with no knowledge about football, until he was spotted kicking a basketball into a soccer goal. He eventually joined the football team, playing as a placekicker and safety. He also lettered in baseball, wrestling and track.
Herrera accepted a scholarship to UCLA where he was a placekicker for the football team and a forward/midfielder for the soccer team. In 1971 against the University of Washington, he set the school record for made field goals (4) in one game. In the opening game of the 1972 season, he kicked the game-winning field goal, with 20 seconds left, in UCLA's 20–17 upset of two-time defending national champion Nebraska. In 1973 he broke the school's PATs attempted (64) and made (61) record. As a senior in 1974 he led the nation in scoring.
During his career, the UCLA Bruins football team regularly finished among the leaders in the nation in scoring, which helped him leave as the school and NCAA career leader in scoring with 368 points (1971-1974). He also set the career record for PATs attempted (127) and made (121).
Herrera was selected in the seventh round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, and was also drafted by the Los Angeles Aztecs of the NASL. He is distinguished as being the second Mexican born player to be drafted into the National Football League (Tom Fears was the first one). He was waived on September 12, before the season started.
In 1977 he was an All-Pro selection, the NFL second leading scorer (93 points) and made the 1978 Pro Bowl at the end of the season. He also helped the Cowboys win Super Bowl XII, while tying the league record for most field goals attempted (5) in a game.
In Seattle he became a fan favorite as part of a special teams unit that was known for its fake field goal plays, where he had to pass, catch, block and run. In 1979 he recorded a career high 100 points. The next year he set club and career records for most field goals in a season (20) and in a game (4).
In 1982 he was signed by the Buffalo Bills for the strike abbreviated season (playing only 7 games) and was released at the end of the year. At the time he ranked second all-time in career field goal accuracy with 67.8%.
Los Angeles Raiders
Oklahoma/Arizona Outlaws (USFL)
- "Landry Getting Kicks from Herrera, Carrell". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Kicker Lost By Dallas; Surgery Set". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Herrera Loses Pay Battle in Trade". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Seahawks put placekicker Herrera on injured reserve list". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Bills Release Herrera". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Eagles cut Bruce Carthon; put five on injured reserve". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Herrera not kicking after Outlaws replace him with rookie Zendejas". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Catching up with Efren Herrera: Ex-kicker fields range of goals". Retrieved February 19, 2016.