Number 64 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Herb Adderley, the first man listed alphabetically in the Hall of Fame. Adderley was drafted in 1961 out of Michigan State by the Green Bay Packers first as a running back but then moved by Vince Lombardi to defensive back where he excelled. He was picked number 12 in the first round.
Herb Adderley first played nine years with the Green Bay Packers and then three years with Dallas Cowboys.
What made Herb Adderley dangerous and effective at cornerback was his speed and intuition. Over his career Adderley posted 48 interceptions for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns. He was in seven championship games winning them all and was in four of the first six Super Bowls where his team won three times.
He was placed in the Hall of Fame in 1980.
Let’s take a minute to examine the group so far.
First there are no Bears yet. Teams represented by one player are the Jets, Colts, Cardinals, Lions, 49ers, Titans, Redskins, Chiefs, Steelers and Chargers. Teams represented by two players are Tampa Bay, the Vikings and Ravens. The only team represented by three players is the Cleveland Browns. The teams represented by four players include the Giants, Cowboys, Rams and Raiders.
Of the 37 players represented so far, 21 played on offense and 16 played defense. 15 players came from the AFL and 22 came from the more established NFL. 20 players had fan rankings while 17 did not.
So what do these numbers tell us? It would seem that there have been more modern-day players and they came from established teams however the numbers are close and we have only gone through 37 players.
Of the fan rankings only eight were over #50 so that must mean we had more highly visible players.
Of course when you are looking at something like a “Top 100” it is impossible to make heads or tails of the sum of all data. People love certain players and certain teams. Also “experts” have favorite teams and players. We are all human beings and that is why it is impossible to have real accuracy about players.
That doesn’t make it any less fun!
NFL Network Website, “Herb Adderley”
Hall of Fame Website, “Herb Adderley”
You Tube Website, “The Top 100 Greatest Players at #64 Herb Adderley”