A powerful book by two great teammates. Herb Adderley and Dave Robinson remind us that racism was not a part of Lombardi s Green Bay. I love both of these guys. We were an exceptional group in a special time and Lombardi s Left Side explains it in outstanding fashion. PAUL HORNUNG Green Bay Packers 1957 62, 1964 66; Pro Football Hall of Fame 1986 Every person who cares about the men who played in the National Football League should read Lombardi s Left Side. This is probably the most insightful and powerful book ever written about the Vince Lombardi Era. Herb Adderley, Dave Robinson and Royce Boyles have written a classic that is destined to be relevant for years. Joe DeLamielleure Pro Football Hall of Fame 2003 Buffalo Bills 1973 80, 85 Cleveland Browns 1981 84 Lombardi s Left Side is different from any other book about the Green Bay Packers. This is a history lesson and insight into the fairness of Vince Lombardi and his Dynasty. It happened during a chaotic time in America, and my friend Herb Adderley, Dave Robinson and co-author Royce Boyles have captured it beautifully. BILL COSBY Herb Adderley is unmistakably one of the greatest to ever put on pads. He was also one of the best teammates I ever had. In the early 1970s, while I was battling injuries and the accompanying demons, Herb was a person who in words and other ways helped me keep my chin up. His passion for and commitment to winning, his compassion for his teammates, and his courage were instrumental for me in overcoming my personal problems. Those things were also instrumental in the 1970 and 1971 Dallas Cowboys going to back-to-back Super Bowls. I would not expect Herb to co-write a book that was not passionate, provocative and challenging. He has not disappointed. Cal vin Hill Dallas Cowboys 1969 74 Washington Redskins 1976 77 Cleveland Browns 1978 81 Just as they played, Herb Adderley and Dave Robinson have written a hardhitting book. Two great players, who I am proud to call my friends, have produced a great book that tackles some sensitive issues for the first time. Lombardi s Left Side will open your eyes to subjects that are nearly unbelievable. Lem Barney Detroit Lions 1967 78; Pro Football Hall of Fame 1992 --testimonial
The game of professional football is an interesting dichotomy. It is brutally physical while, at the same time, beautifully graceful. Some of the greats who played this game, our Hall of Fame players, possessed both physicality and grace. Herb Adderley is both physically graceful as well as graceful in spirit. The Hall of Fame cornerback will go down as one of the greatest who ever played his position. He was a shut-down corner who allowed Lombardi to never have to worry about a wide receiver who lined up across from Herb. I have written multiple articles on many blogs concerning the physical and neurological issues that face the NFL Retired Players as well as the despicable lack of support from the Union leadership whose jobs were given on the backs of those who built the league, the players. It was a call to my home one morning, from Herb, a man I had never met, that encouraged me to continue the fight to define who was responsible for the lack of care that some of his great teammates suffered. He cared about his teammates and, in fact, was to do a benefit to help one of his teammates that night. Herb Adderley s courage, as the Class Representative, defied the deceitfulness and the greed of the NFL Players Association leadership. It is not easy standing up for what is right, but I think Herb, who played in a time of racial unrest, applied many lessons learned in his extraordinary life. As a man lucky enough to have played six years in the NFL, I have a great deal of appreciation for the legends who came before me, and no player is held higher than Herbert Anthony Adderley. Tony Davis NFL Retired David Robinson and Herb Adderley were the greatest teammates a professional football player could possibly have. I played behind one and beside the other. The book they have written, Lombardi s Left Side, is the best publication with the best information I have read about the Lombardi Packers. Like a velvet hammer, this beautifully written book by Dave, Herb and co-author Royce Boyles reveals important issues from an explosive time in our country s history. I am proud to say I was part of a team that made a difference in a city, a league and a country. Lombardi s Left Side tells our story. TOM BROWN Green Bay Packers 1964 68 Everyone is aware of Coach Lombardi s wins on the football field and his historical championships; however, I think one of the most impressive qualities of the teams he fielded was his players character and the way in which they approached and played the game. Herb Adderley and Dave Robinson were the ultimate team players and two great examples of the importance of leadership and integrity on a team. Both were outstanding athletes and All-Pro defenders, but they were also men of exceedingly high character who were instrumental in Coach Lombardi s teams reaching the highest level of success. Lombardi s Left Side tells the story from the perspective of these two players who achieved greatness during one of the more challenging times in our country s history. It s no coincidence that the championship teams that I ve been fortunate enough to coach had a core group of high character leadership ... young men just like Herb and Dave. In my experience, it s what separates championship teams from the rest. The lessons in this book carry over into our daily lives as we all strive to become champions in our own right. Nick Saban Head Football Coach University of Alabama Every retired NFL player should read Lombardi s Left Side. Boyd Dowler Green Bay Packers 1959 69 --testimonial
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About the Author
In 1965 All-Pro left cornerback Herb Adderley was the best corner in the game. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, five-time Pro-Bowl selection, was tabbed as one of the top 100 players in the history of the NFL, is a six-time World Champion and served as the class action representative for a successful lawsuit against the NFL Players Union. Dave Robinson is a member of the Packers Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, three-time Pro-Bowl participant, three-time World Champion and serves on the board of directors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Royce Boyles has written two previous books about Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packer teams of the 1960s. Boyles has established himself as one of the foremost experts of the Lombardi Era with a unique ability to convey the dynamics of the athletic and social issues of the turbulent 60s.