| Detroit Free Press
Herb Adderley, one of three former Michigan State players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Friday. He was 81.
A two-way player for Duffy Daugherty from 1958-60, Adderley ran for 813 yards and four touchdowns and caught 28 passes for 519 yards and four scores during his MSU career. He was a co-captain for the Spartans in 1960 and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as a halfback.
Adderley’s full-time move to become an NFL cornerback under Vince Lombardi in Green Bay turned the 6-foot, 205-pounder into a star and the Packers into a championship force. He played on all five of Lombardi’s title-winning teams.
“I had been so stubborn trying to make (Adderley) something he didn’t want to be,” Lombardi wrote in his book, “Run to Daylight” according to Packers.com. “He didn’t want to be a flanker. He wanted to be a defensive back.”
Green Bay selected Adderley with the No. 12 overall pick in the first round of the 1961 NFL draft. In nine seasons with the Packers from 1961-69, he made five straight pro bowls between 1963-67. Four times he earned first-team All-Pro and three times he made the second team. The six-time NFL champion – three of them coming in the Super Bowl Era – was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1960s.
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With Adderley, Green Bay won NFL Championships in 1961, ’62 and ’65. He earned rings for Super Bowl I and II with the Packers and his third in Super Bowl IV with the Dallas Cowboys, with whom he finished his career from 1970-72. He was the only player to appear in four of the first six Super Bowls.
In 13 seasons in the NFL, Adderley played 164 games and had 48 interceptions, taking seven of them for touchdowns, and 14 fumble recoveries. He had five interceptions in the postseason, returning the first Super Bowl interception for a score when he picked off Oakland’s Daryle Lamonica in Super Bowl II. Adderley was a dangerous kick returner with a 25.7 yard average and two TDs on 120 returns.
Adderley became the first Spartan inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and was the only one until offensive lineman Joe DeLamielleure was enshrined in 2003. Kicker Morten Andersen joined them in 2017.
Adderley is a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (1996) and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame (1981) but is not in the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.