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Former football star faces drug charges

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Former football great Mack Herron appeared in Cook County Court today after being charged with heroin possession charges, the latest in a string of drug troubles for the ex-runner whose power and small stature earned him the nickname “Mini Mack” when he played for the New England Patriots during the 1970s.

Chicago police saw Herron, 62, at the back door of an abandoned building in the 1600 block of South Drake Avenue in the North Lawndale neighborhood about 3 p.m. Friday, according to a police report. As the officers approached, Herron, who lives nearby in the 1800 block of South Hamlin Avenue, dropped a tinfoil packet holding 1/5 of a gram of heroin, police said.

A former gridiron star at what was then Farragut High School, Herron was an explosive multi-purpose offensive player for the Patriots, standing just over 5-feet-5-inches tall. In 1974, he set a National Football League record with 2,444 all-purpose yards, beating a 1966 record held by Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers, according to football reference websites.

Herron has been arrested dozens of times since he left football and has at least seven felony convictions, prosecutors said.

He was held in Cook County Jail Saturday in lieu of $25,000 bail.

dhinkel@tribune.com

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