John Brockington's cause of death: What happened to Packers 74-year-old Hall of Famer?

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John Brockington's cause of death (Credit:

Green Bay Packers legend John Brockington sadly passed away at the age of 74. Brockington, who was part of the stellar Packers team of the 1970s, took his last breath on Friday (Mar. 31, 2023) in San Diego, California, U.S. His cause of death is unknown, with his family maintaining silence at the time of writing.

Green Bay Packers team historian Cliff Christl commemorated with the Brockington family on the legend's demise. His tribute reads:

"John Brockington was the toughest, hardest-hitting running back that I ever knew," former Packers offensive lineman Bill Lueck told Christl. "We used to joke, 'No one wanted to be the first to make contact with John Brockington .'"

John Brockington’s Career Achievements and Stats

Brockington was ahead of his time in the 1970s, and the Ohio State alum was a bruiser and finesse-based backfield threat. He was the first RB in National Football League history to rush for over 1,000 yards in his first three seasons.

John played for NFC Giants Green Bay Packers from 1971 to 1977 and rushed for 5,024 yards. The only other players to amass more yards rushing with the Green Bay Packers are Jim Taylor (8,207 from 1958 to 1966), Ahman Green (8,322 from 2000 to 2009) and Aaron Jones (5,284 from 2017 to present).

Brockington earned numerous individual accolades for his stellar play on the gridiron. He was named the 1971 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, earned three Pro Bowl selections, two first-team All-Pro nods and two second-team All-Pro selections.

He's also an inductee into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. He ended his career with a year at the Kansas City Chiefs and retired with 5,185 rushing yards, 30 rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns.

The John Brockington Foundation

Brockington and his future wife, Diane Scott, created the John Brockington Foundation in 2002.

The foundation was formed after Brockington received a kidney transplant from his future significant other. The foundation was created to aid others impacted by kidney disease. They provide free screenings and educational material to those requiring it and food vouchers for people on dialysis. Kidney drives also aid those seeking new kidneys.

Their mission is to foster a culture in which organ donation is commonplace. They also strive to ensure resource and financial support for those donating, awaiting, and/or receiving vital organs, and to promote health education to smaller communities disproportionately represented on the transplant waiting list.

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