Blue eyes and a gentle smile project pure benevolence from the face of Herschel Forester, still handsome at 80. One would not readily suspect that this kindly person once was a 230-pound offensive lineman with the Cleveland Browns. But that he was, helping his team to become National Football League World Champions in 1954 and '55, and NFL Division Champions in 1957.
Today, he is a champion of another sort – living a vibrant life at a time when others might be tempted to put their feet up. He continues to go to his real estate investments offices every day. “I don’t see where the Bible requires that people retire,” he says simply. Meaningful memorabilia fill his office – the NFL championship football, a tribute to the Mustang Club at SMU where he was all Southwest Conference and earned a business degree, and plaques on the wall from an active civic life.
"Going to work every day now gives me
things to focus on."
All has not been easy, but marked at times by what he euphemistically labels “change.” His entrance into the business world was initially precipitated by a football knee injury. Shots of Novocaine enabled him to play 17 more games, including the final Championship game. But the need to leave pro football became clear. “I was thankful for that experience, but also charged up and ready to go into business,” said Forester. Such entrepreneurial energy resulted in his own multi-year insurance agency, a switch into real estate brokerage, then real estate investment and outdoor advertising.
"Life today is joy and fun - with great memories."
“Going to work every day,” he says, “now gives me things to focus on.”
Suddenly, the interview is cut short, because it’s Wednesday and time to pick up a friend to go to church – specifically, First Baptist Church where he has been a long-term member. One draws peace from this strong man of God who has so much to do.
“Life today is joy and fun,” he said, “with great memories.”
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