Wiener was a four-year letterman at UCLA, a member of the school's first-ever bowl team in 1942, and the Bruins' team captain in 1943.
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An All-City end at Los Angeles High School in the late 1930s, Wiener helped lead the Romans to the co-city championship title in 1938 after tying Roosevelt in the title game by a score of 6-6 (one of Roosevelt's players was Harry Adelman). Wiener then went on to play as an end at UCLA in the early 1940s. One of Herb's teammates in 1940 and 1941 was fullback Leo Cantor. The Bruins posted records of 1-9-0 and 5-5-0 respectively during those two seasons.
In 1942, the Bruins reversed their fortunes, to end up ranked No. 14 in the nation. The team rose to No. 10 before falling to Oregon, 14-7, but rebounded to win the Pacific Coast Conference and clinch a spot in the Rose Bowl. UCLA defeated arch-rivals USC, 14-7, in the final game of the year to finish 7-3-0 in the regular season.
In the Rose Bowl, the first bowl game in school history, the Bruins played one of their best games of the season, holding the powerful No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs scoreless for three quarters. They lost, 9-0, to Georgia, the eventual national champions, and finished the season ranked No. 13. It was only the second time in school history that the team was ranked in the final poll. During the Rose Bowl, Wiener recovered a Georgia fumble on the UCLA goal line.
Wiener played one more season with the Bruins, captaining the team in 1943, although that year the team posted a disappointing 1-8-0 record. In the middle of the season, Wiener quit the UCLA team and signed a professional contract with a local team.
Wiener played as an end at UCLA from 1940-1943.
5'9", 190 pounds
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