Herb Adderley, a defensive defender at Pro Football Hall of Fame who previously starred with Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys, has passed away, officials said Friday. He’s 81 years old.
No details of Adderley’s death have been revealed. Nasir Adderley, Herb’s cousin and Los Angeles Chargers security guard, hailed him on Twitter as a “unique soul who has had an amazing impact on my life”.
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Herb Adderley is one of the best defensive defenders ever to play football. He was selected in the first round of Draft NFL in 1961 and the second round of Draft AFL in 1961. He chose to play for the Packers instead of the New York Titans.
He helped Packers achieve five NFL championships and won three Super Bowls. He is the professional pitcher five times and four times selected for the professional first team. In his best season in 1965, he scored six interceptions and three tackles with three mound recoveries.
He ended his career with 48 interceptions and seven ball touches. He ended his career with the Cowboys, playing for them from 1970 to 1972.
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“Herb Adderley is another dominant figure for us on Packers,” former teammate Bill Curry tweeted. “He’s quiet, but when he talks, everyone listens. When he performs, no one is better! “
Packers President / CEO Mark Murphy added: “The Green Bay Packers today are very sad to hear that Herb Adderley has passed away. Herb is one of the greatest defensive defenders ever to play the game. Very few players can compare with his stats with 48 interceptions and 7 catches. He’s an outstanding all-powerful athlete, as evidenced by the fact that he was an All-City in Philadelphia in football, basketball and baseball, played defender and defense at Michigan State and was an outstanding player. Color back in the NFL. He is a member of the great success of the Lombardi teams and is the only player to play in four of the first six Super Bowls, and is a key member of the six NFL champions.
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“We offer our deepest condolences to Herb’s family and friends.”
Associated Press contributed to this report.