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NFL world mourns loss of Packers legend

By Sam Neumann,


The NFL world was struck with some unfortunate news regarding John Brockington.

Brockington, who spent six seasons as a fullback with the Green Bay Packers and was the first NFL player to rush for 1,00 yards more in his first three seasons passed away on Friday, the team announced. He was 74.

Brockington starred with the Packers, where he earned two First-Team All-Pro selections in 1971 and 1973 and three Pro Bowl selections from ’71-73. He was also named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in ’71, as he rushed for a total of 1,105 yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry in 14 games.

In his first three seasons with Green Bay, he rushed for 3,276 yards and averaged 4.3 YPC. At the time of his retirement, Brockington had the second most rushing yards (5,024) in Packers franchise history. Now, he ranks fourth in all-time rushing yards, behind Ahman Green, Jim Taylor and Aaron Jones.

The NFL world mourned his death on Friday.

Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy released a statement through the team . It read:

“The Packers family was saddened to hear about the passing of John. One of the great runners of his era, John was an exciting player to watch with his powerful running style. Fans enthusiastically welcomed John back to Lambeau Field over the years, fondly remembering the 1972 division championship as well as the bright spots he provided in the less-successful seasons.”

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