Pat Harder first started getting noticed at Washington High School, where he scored a record 143 points in eight football games. He also won the state low hurdles championship and captained the Washington baseball team.
Harder went to the University of Wisconsin and starred in the backfield, as a kicker and kick returner. He earned All American honors in 1942 and led the College All Stars to a win over the Washington Redskins a year later.
Harder went on to play two roles in the NFL, first as a player for the Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions and later as one of the most respected officials in the league.