Herb Adderley, Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame cornerback, dies at 81

Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley, who participated in four of the first six Super Bowls, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. He was 81.

“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Herb Adderley.  David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Adderley’s most famous play was his 60-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II, clearing away all doubts about the outcome of the Packers’ 33-14 victory on Sunday, Jan. 15, 1967.

Adderley was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

A five-time pro bowler and four-time all-pro, Adderley played on each of Vince Lombardi’s five NFL Championship games in Green Bay. He also helped the Dallas Cowboys win their first Super Bowl in 1971.

Even though he started his career as a running back, Lombardi switched him to cornerback when the Packers suffered a series of injuries, and Adderley flourished on that stage.

The Packers traded Adderley to the Cowboys in 1970, and he played in two more Super Bowls. In 1971, the Cowboys lost Super Bowl V to the Baltimore Colts, and in 1972, the Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VI.

“I’m the only man with a Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl ring who doesn’t wear it. I’m a Green Bay Packer,” Adderley said in “Distant Replay,” a book by former Packers teammate Jerry Kramer.

Along with Packer teammates Fuzzy Thurston and Forrest Gregg, Adderley is one of four players in NFL history to play on six championship teams. Tom Brady is the other.

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