Herb Adderley, a Packers Hall of Fame Cornerback, Dies at 81

Herb Adderley, the Corridor of Status cornerback who performed for Trainer Vince Lombardi’s Inexperienced Bay Packer groups that received 5 N.F.L. championships within the 1960s, together with the primary two Tremendous Bowls, after which helped take the Dallas Cowboys to their first Tremendous Bowl victory in franchise historical past, died on Friday. He was once 81.

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When Adderley arrived on the Packers’ 1961 coaching camp as a first-round draft pick out and a former all-Large Ten working again at Michigan State, he anticipated to be a backup for the Packer stars Jim Taylor at fullback and Paul Hornung at halfback, and that’s what he become. Going into the yearly Thanksgiving Day recreation between the Packers and the Detroit Lions, he had now not run from scrimmage all season.

However Lombardi, who noticed Adderley as the most efficient natural athlete at the group, after all gave him an opportunity — within the defensive alignment. He inserted Adderley, who had performed some protection in school, at left cornerback in the second one quarter when the Packers’ secondary, already short-handed, misplaced cornerback Hank Gremminger to an harm.

“I used to be in a state of outrage,” Adderley informed The Milwaukee Magazine Sentinel lengthy in a while. “I used to be shaking and anxious. I had no time to invite anyone any questions. I didn’t know what I used to be doing.”

He was among only a few Black players on the Packers when he joined the team. When the Packers faced the Washington Redskins in a 1961 preseason game in Columbus, Ga., where hotels were segregated, the entire team stayed at Fort Benning, an Army base. As Adderley recalled, Lombardi said, “I’d rather be here with all my players than be split up somewhere else.’”

Adderley said that landlords would not to rent to the Packers’ Black players when he was a rookie, leaving him to live with Davis and the running back Elijah Pitts in what he called a “shack” on the outskirts of Green Bay.

Lombardi met with real estate agents after that, Adderley recalled, and “the following year, it was different. We had decent housing. He opened a lot of doors for Black folks and Black families — many that had nothing to do with the Packers.”

Herbert Allen Adderley was born in Philadelphia on June 8, 1939, the son of Charles and Rene Adderley. His father was a factory machinist. Herb was a multisport athlete at Northeast High School.

Playing for three seasons at Michigan State, he gained more than 800 yards rushing and was a pass-catching threat. The Packers selected him as the 12th overall pick in the 1961 N.F.L. draft.

The Packers traded Adderley to the Cowboys in September 1970. He teamed with the future Hall of Famer Mel Renfro at cornerback when Dallas lost to the Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl after the 1970 season and then defeated the Miami Dolphins in the next Super Bowl. (A member of that Colts team, the wide receiver Jimmy Orr, died on Tuesday.)

Adderley retired after the 1972 season with 1,046 yards in interception returns and 3,080 yards in kickoff returns.


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