Herb Nakken enjoyed a rich life thanks to the gridiron. He was a first team all-State selection at Salt Lake City's West High School, where he also broke the state record in the discus in track and field. Nakken moved on to a stellar career at the University of Utah, at which he earned first team all-Skyline Conference honors and was selected to represent the conference at the East-West Shrine Game, the College All-Star Game and the Senior Bowl. He was drafted in the fifth-round by the Detroit Lions, but did not play professional football. Instead, he fulfilled his commitment to accept a tour of duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. However, football was still a part of his life during his two-year tour and was named First Team All-Marine while serving his country. Herb went on to pursue a career with the Ford Motor Company after his military responsibilities were completed and he and his family have owned Parkway Motors in Cedar City for 25 years. Herb and his wife Janet have six children and 18 grandchildren.