John Brockington

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John Brockington
No. 42, 43
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1948-09-07) September 7, 1948 (age 69)
Brooklyn, New York
Career information
High school: Brookyln (NY) Jefferson
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 1971 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing Yards: 5,185
Average: 3.8
Touchdowns: 30
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

John Stanley Brockington (born September 7, 1948) is a former American football running back. He was the National Football League's Green Bay Packers' 1st round draft choice out of the Ohio State University, and was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1971.

College career[edit]

Brockington played halfback and fullback for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 1968 to 1970. He was one of the so-called Super Sophomores who led the Buckeyes to an undefeated season and a consensus national championship in 1968. Brockington and the other Super Sophomores finished their college careers with a record of 27-2.

Brockington played at the left halfback position in 1968 and 1969, used primarily as a blocker for fullback Jim Otis and quarterback Rex Kern. In 1970 Brockington moved to the fullback position and was the featured running back in head coach Woody Hayes' offense. Brockington finished his senior season with 1,142 rushing yards, which was at the time an Ohio State single-season record, he also scored 17 rushing touchdowns that season.

Brockington was selected into the Ohio State Football All-Century Team in 2000, and was elected into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 2002.

Professional career[edit]

Brockington was the Green Bay Packers 1st round draft choice, the ninth selection overall, in 1971, after Jim Plunkett, Dan Pastorini, Archie Manning and John Riggins and ahead of Jack Tatum, Jack Youngblood, Jack Ham and Dan Dierdorf.[1] Brockington became the first NFL player to ever rush for 1,000 or more yards in each of his first three seasons; in his rookie year of 1971 Brockington was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press, rushing for 1105 yards and a 5.1 YPC in 14 games. Brockington was named All-Pro in 1971, 2nd Team All-Pro in 1973 and All-NFC in 1972. Brockington was also selected to 3 consecutive Pro Bowls (1971–1973).[2][3]

His first running mate in the Green Bay backfield was another former Packer first round draft choice, Donny Anderson. Anderson was traded the following season to the St. Louis Cardinals for running back MacArthur Lane. Together, Brockington and Lane formed a dynamic running duo in the backfield, carrying the Packers offense between 1972 and 1974.

With a running style based on his great strength, Brockington epitomized the power running back – a player who preferred to break tackles and run over defenders rather than run away from them, he was one of the first running backs to combine brute force with speed.

Brockington's success was short-lived, however, after eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing during each of his first three seasons, he ran for 883 yards in 1974 (with a career-high 43 receptions for 314 yards), but dipped to only 434 yards rushing on 3.0 YPC in 1975. This was the result of typical wear-and-tear, the departure of Lane after the 1974 season and changes in the Packers' playbook that did not take advantage of Brockington's abilities, after the first game of the 1977 season, he was released by the Packers and subsequently signed by the Kansas City Chiefs. He retired following the season.

John Brockington Foundation[edit]

Established in 2002 after receiving a kidney transplant from his wife Diane Scott, Brockington created [4] the John Brockington Foundation to aid others impacted by kidney disease. They provide free screenings and educational material to those who require it, and also provide food vouchers for people on dialysis. Kidney drives also aid those seeking new kidneys.[5]


Preceded by
Jim Otis
Ohio State Buckeyes
Starting Fullbacks
Succeeded by
John Bledsoe