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

Herb Adderley, the Corridor of Reputation cornerback who performed for Trainer Vince Lombardi’s Inexperienced Bay Packer groups that gained 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, died on Friday. He used to be 81.

The Professional Soccer Corridor of Reputation in Canton, Ohio, introduced his death. No main points had been equipped, however the Packers stated he had not too long ago been hospitalized.

When Adderley arrived on the Packers’ 1961 coaching camp as a first-round draft select and a former all-Large Ten operating 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 was. Going into the once a year Thanksgiving Day sport between the Packers and the Detroit Lions, he had now not run from scrimmage all season.

However Lombardi, who noticed Adderley as the most productive natural athlete at the staff, in any case 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 damage.

Adderley was an outstanding kickoff returner as well. He ran the ball back 103 yards against the Baltimore Colts and took another kickoff for a 98-yard score against the Los Angeles Rams.

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, Wis.

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.)

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