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John Brockington, former Packers All-Professional fullback and Ohio State standout, dies at age 74

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John Brockington, a former All-Professional fullback and member of the Inexperienced Bay Packers‘ Corridor of Fame, has handed away Friday on the age of 74. 

Brockington earned All-Professional honors in 1971 whereas additionally successful Offensive Rookie of the 12 months after dashing for 1,105 yards and averaging 5.1 yards per carry. A Professional Bowler every of his first three seasons with the Packers, Brockington scored a career-high eight dashing touchdowns in 1972. Brockington ran for a career-high 1,144 yards in 1973. He completed his Packers profession with over 5,000 dashing yards and 30 dashing touchdowns. 

“The Packers household was saddened to listen to in regards to the passing of John,” Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy mentioned in a press release. “One of many nice runners of his period, John was an thrilling participant to observe together with his highly effective operating type. Followers enthusiastically welcomed John again to Lambeau Discipline over time, fondly remembering the 1972 division championship in addition to the intense spots he supplied within the less-successful seasons.

“I loved attending to know John throughout his return visits to Inexperienced Bay and enormously revered his work in assist of organ donation via the John Brockington Basis. He leaves a beautiful legacy.

“We lengthen our condolences to his spouse, Diane, and his household and pals.”

Brockington, who completed his NFL profession with the Chiefs, loved a standout profession at Ohio State that led to him being the No. 9 total decide within the 1971 NFL Draft. His 1,142 dashing yards and 17 dashing touchdowns in the course of the 1970 season have been each college data on the time. Brockington’s success that season helped Ohio State document an undefeated common season. 

After school, Brockington then took his skills to Inexperienced Bay, the place he turned the primary participant in NFL historical past to start out his profession with three straight 1,000-yard dashing seasons. He was inducted into the Packers’ Corridor of Fame in 1984. 

“John Brockington was the hardest, hardest hitting operating again that I knew,” former Packers offensive lineman Invoice Lueck mentioned of Brockington. “We used to joke, ‘No person desires to be the primary man to make contact with John Brockington.’ 

“He was a beast. No person wished to sort out him. He’d run over the primary man. That was his recreation. However he was elusive additionally. That is what made him such a harmful operating again. He might run over you the primary play, and the subsequent play you are all tensed up and prepared for this main collision, and he’d put a transfer on you. You by no means knew what was coming: A transfer or run over you.”

As Murphy alluded to in his assertion, Brockington created his basis after receiving a kidney transplant from his future spouse, Diane. The inspiration’s mission is to “create a tradition wherein organ donation is commonplace; to offer monetary and useful resource assist for these donating, awaiting, and/or receiving organs; and to advertise well being training to minority communities who’re disproportionately represented on the transplant ready listing.” 

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is one among a number of notable athletes who’ve served as champions for Brockington’s basis. 

“Had I by no means been transplanted, this may have by no means occurred,” Brockington mentioned about his basis throughout a 2016 interview. “I would by no means considered it. I by no means knew about this type of factor.”

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