The Green Bay Packers announced that former running back John Brockington died on Friday at the age of 74.
Raised in Brooklyn, he was the ninth overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft out of Ohio State.
Brockington was named Offensive Rookie of the Year that season as well as first-team All-Pro, a feat he accomplished again two years later. In 1972 he was named in the second team.
Brockington made the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons and stayed with Green Bay until 1977. He was released after the Packers’ first game that year before being picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs.
In his first three seasons, Brockington rushed for 3,276 yards on 755 attempts (4.3 YPC) with 15 touchdowns. (He also caught two.)
In 1974 he led the NFL with 309 touchdowns, 43 receiving yards.
When Brockington retired, he had the second most rushing yards in Packers history with 5,024; he is currently in fourth place in the franchise.
Brockington was the ninth overall pick in the 1971 NFL Draft out of Ohio State.Getty Images
In his first three seasons, Brockington rushed for 3,276 yards with 15 touchdowns. Getty Images
After receiving a kidney transplant in 2002, he founded the John Brockington Foundation to benefit others with kidney disease.
Brockington was inducted into the Packers’ Hall of Fame in 1984.