An Interview With Green Bay Packers Legend John Brockington

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John Brockington had been the workhorse for the Ohio State Buckeyes and came into the league with a knack for bulldozing over defenders. He displayed great speed to go along with his brute force strength. Brockington proved to be a great selection for the Packers as he racked up 5,185 yards and 30 touchdowns in his seven-year career. He was the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in his first three seasons. Brockington made the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons and was named Rookie Of The Year in 1971.

Much of Brockington’s career was spent on a Packers team surrounded by less than stellar talent. After a dynastic decade in the 1960s, the Packers fell into a pit of mediocrity which they would not escape from for almost 30 years. Vince Lombardi was gone, as were the champion Packers teams that defined his time with the franchise.

Brockington retired in 1977 to San Diego and went to work as a financial adviser.

In the early 2000’s, Brockington was suffering from kidney failure. Diane Scott, a friend, agreed to donate one of her kidneys and luckily, she was a match. John and Diane married in 2003, and have started a foundation that centers around bringing awareness to living organ donation. (www.johnbrockingtonfoundation.org)

I recently caught up with John and Diane to ask them a few questions about life, football and 

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