Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 16th round (184th overall) of the 1956 NFL Draft out of University of Southern Mississippi, Herring signed instead in Canada and threw eight touchdowns to 20 interceptions in two seasons with the B.C. Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders. In 1960, he joined the Broncos at the start of the AFL. In Denver, Herring backed up his roommate Frank Tripucka and threw five touchdowns to 23 interceptions while also serving as the team’s punter. In a 26 Nov 1961 loss at Houston, he threw a franchise record 6 interceptions. Herring had a problem with alcohol and was found homeless on the streets of Denver in 1983. After staying sober for several years, Herring had a relapse in 1994 and committed suicide within two days of his 25-year-old son Lance also killing himself. In a bizarre side note, Lance’s stepfather had also committed suicide two months before.