WAIMEA — Nate Herbig has been assigned a number of 67, and is an offensive guard for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League.
“He’s a Kauai boy,” said Joyce Evens, the media instructor for Waimea High School, Saturday night during the live streaming of the Kauai Interscholastic Federation girls volleyball match at the Clem Gomes Gym. “He went to school at Saint Louis, but his parents, Bruce and Robyn, are both teachers at Waimea High School. He’s definitely a Kauai boy.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer said Herbig was not stingy with the news that he made the Eagles’ 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent from Stanford University where Herbig went to school following his graduation from Saint Louis. He became one of only two free agents to make the 53-man roster out of training camp.
“Everyone was following him during the draft,” Evens said. “But he didn’t get selected. He was invited to try out, and he made the 53-man roster. He is an Eagle.”
Following the NFL draft where Herbig was projected to be a third-, or fourth-round pick, his final season at Stanford was spoiled by injuries.
He signed with the Eagles as a free agent where offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland switch him to center, a position Herbig had never played, or even thought about playing.
“As you know, being undrafted is not easy,” Herbig, who stands 6-feet, 4 inches and weighs in at 334 pounds, told Philadelphia Inquirer’s Les Brown. “I had some dog days. I’m just happy to be here — called my parents, my brothers, my grandparents, my uncles, my aunties, everyone who supported me along this way. I’m ready to get to work.”
During his tenure at Stanford, Herbig played in 33 games, becoming the first true freshman to start on the offensive line since 2012. He earned first team All Pac-12 honors as a sophomore and second team All Pac-12 honors as a junior, states the National Football League biography.
At Saint Louis, Herbig earned first-team, all-state, and all conference accolades, helping the Crusaders to a pair of conference titles.
Herbig has two brothers — Nick who is currently on the Saint Louis Crusaders’ roster, and Jake.