Catholic High Mourns the Loss of Grizzly Great Al íÍRustyíñ Heroman í´46
Al íÍRustyíñ Heroman, a 1946 graduate of Catholic High and a Grizzly Great, died on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.
While a student at Catholic High, Heroman played football, basketball and baseball. The 1945 basketball team tied for the city second round championship and the baseball team won the city and district championships and advanced to the state playoffs.
But it was the 1945 football season that Rusty Heroman led the Bears to one of their best seasons as íÍthe fastest running back in the stateíñ according to Sports Write Bud Montet.
Heroman was named to the All-City, All-State and All Southern Teams. He was selected to play in the Louisiana vs. Texas All State Football Game and led Louisiana to a first-ever win over Texas.
After graduation, Heroman accepted an athletic scholarship to LSU and played football for the Fighting Tigers from 1946-48 as right halfback. Heroman set several football records and played in the classic 1947 Cotton Bowl, known as the Ice Bowl.
Retired as an insurance investment consultant, Heroman is remembered as a man of great character who loved his family, his church, his school and his community.
Heroman is survived by his wife of 60 years, Amy Cutrer Heroman and children Rusty Heroman, Danny Heroman, Nancy Heroman Plaisance, Karen Heroman Broussard and Holly Heroman Andrews.