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RIP To Former Packers & Cowboys Great Herb Adderley, One Of The First Shutdown Corners

The 81-year-old Adderley was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1980

RIP to former Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys great Herb Adderley, the only player to play in 4 of the first 6 Super Bowls and one of the NFL’s original shutdown cornerbacks.

Born on June 8, 1939, in Philadelphia, Adderley was a three-sport star in high school before starring at Michigan State and was the 12th pick overall of the 1961 draft.

He came to training camp expecting to compete for a starting fullback job but when he joined the legendary Packers organization, they already had eventual Hall of Fame running backs Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor. The multi-talented Adderley switched sides of the ball and became an athletically-gifted killer shutdown cornerback.

The rest is NFL history.

The five-time Super Bowl champion snatched 48 career interceptions, seven of them pick 6’s. Adderley racked up over 1000 return yards on those picks averaging 21.1 Yards per return. Only Deion Sanders averaged more per interception return in his career. Both cornerbacks were able to flash their freakish offensive skills, maneuverability and versatile intellect on interception returns and cherished the moment.

Adderley not only played with a treasure chest of gridiron greats, but he played for two of the iconic masterminds in NFL history in Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry.

Adderley was a 3X Super Bowl Champion and won six overall titles. He was voted to the 1960s All-Decade Team and is a distinguished member of the star-studded Packers Hall Of Fame

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