HERB ADDERLEY

HERB ADDERLEY

Class of 1980
Cornerback >>> 6-0, 205
(Michigan State)
1961-1969 Green Bay Packers, 1970-1972 Dallas Cowboys

Herbert A. Adderley. . .First-round draft pick, 1961, as offensive back. . .Switched to cornerback late in rookie season. . .Played in five NFL, two NFC title games, four Super Bowls. . .Had 60-yard TD interception in Super Bowl II. . .All-NFL five times, played in five Pro Bowls, seven College All-Star games. . .Career record: 48 interceptions for 1,046 yards, 7 TDs; 120 kickoff returns for 3,080 yards, 2 TDs. . . Born June 8, 1939, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

When Herb Adderley reported to his first Green Bay training camp in 1961 as the Packers’ No.1 draft pick, he had the unenviable task of competing against future Hall of Fame running backs Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung for a starter’s spot. Midway through the season, however, Packers coach Vince Lombardi decided to try the former Michigan State star as an emergency replacement for injured starting cornerback Hank Gremminger.

Adderley, using his speed and marvelous instincts, quickly demonstrated he had what it took to be an NFL cornerback. The 6-1, 205-pound Philadelphia native took immediate command in the Packers' defensive backfield and, within two years, had won All-NFL honors, acclaim he was to earn four more times in 1963, 1965, 1966 and 1969. A speed-burning ball hawk, Herb amassed 48 interceptions, returning them for 1,046 yards and a 21.8-yard average, with seven touchdowns during his 12-year career with the Packers (1961-69) and Dallas Cowboys (1970-72). He doubled as a kickoff return specialist during most of his Green Bay career and wound up with a 25.7-yard average on 120 returns. Included were a 103-yard return in 1962 and a 98-yard thrust in 1963.

Lombardi once admitted that he almost made a mistake with Adderley. “I was too stubborn to switch him to defense until I had to,” he confessed. “Now when I think of what Adderley means to our defense, it scares me to think of how I almost mishandled him.” Adderley played in five Pro Bowl games during the 1960s and was seemingly a fixture in post-season games. He played in four of the first six Super Bowl games, winning championship rings in three of them. He also played in seven NFL championship games in an 11-year span from 1961 through 1971. His teams – the Packers five times and the Cowboys twice – won every one. Herb's 60-yard interception return for a clinching touchdown for the Packers in Super Bowl II was the only interception return for a touchdown in the first 10 Super Bowls.

Year Team
G
Int
Yds.
Avg.
TD
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1961 Green Bay
14
1
9
9.0
0
18
478
26.6
0
1962 Green Bay
14
7
132
18.9
1
15
418
27.9
1
1963 Green Bay 14
5
86
17.2
0
20
597
29.9
1
1964 Green Bay
13
4
56
14.0
0
19
508
26.7
0
1965 Green Bay
14
6
175
29.2
3
10
221
22.1
0
1966 Green Bay
14
4
125
31.3
1
14
320
22.9
0
1967 Green Bay
14
4
16
4.0
1
10
207
20.7
0
1968 Green Bay
14
3
27
9.0
0
14
331
23.6
0
1969 Green Bay
14
5
169
33.8
1
0
0
0.0
0
1970 Dallas
14
3
69
23.0
0
0
0
0.0
0
1971 Dallas
12
6
182
30.3
0
0
0
0.0
0
1972 Dallas
13
0
0
0.0
0
0
0
0.0
0
Career Total
164
48
1,046
21.8
7
120
3,080
25.7
2

Additional Statistics:
Punt Returns: 1-0; Fumbles: 9; Fumble Recoveries: 14-65
Full Name: Herbert A. Adderley

Birthdate: June 8, 1939

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

High School: Northeast (Philadelphia, PA)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 19, 1980

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame:
August, 2 1980

Presenter: Willie Davis, Former Packers Teammate

Other Members of Class of 1980: David "Deacon" Jones, Bob Lilly, Jim Otto

Pro Career: 12 seasons, 164 games

Drafted: 1st round (12th overall) in 1961 by Green Bay Packers

Uniform Number:
26


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