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Cheese Curds, 4/11: Lombardi-era stories and relics make the news

As we hit a quiet period before the NFL Draft, we look back to find some items from the 1960s making waves.

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For as great as a football coach Vince Lombardi was, perhaps his greatest accomplishments and actions as the Green Bay Packers' head man were the way he treated his players as individuals and the locker room environment he created inside the organization.

One player who saw what an effect that environment had, both from inside it and from a distance, was cornerback Herb Adderley, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who was a member of all five of Lombardi's championship teams in that decade before departing for the Dallas Cowboys.

While we have stories of Lombardi's time, the organization also recently acquired a relic from his first championship team, which will make a great addition to the memorabilia collection at the team's Hall of Fame. In today's curds, we also look ahead to 2016's Draft and mourn the tragic loss of a member of the NFL community who died in a senseless act of violence.

Packers Hall of Fame receives Lombardi-era donation |
A commemorative football that honors the Packers' 1961 championship and was autographed by over 40 players on that team, will now grace the Hall.

Herb Adderley lived both sides of Packers-Cowboys rivalry |
One of the big reasons for Adderley's success in Green Bay was the culture of acceptance in the locker room, mandated by coach Vince Lombardi. That was not present in Dallas, where it was a shock to see Adderley and former teammate Forrest Gregg hug when they were reunited in 1971.

A thin crop at tight end in the NFL draft |
The signing of Jared Cook makes drafting a tight end less of a necessity for the Packers, and it's a good thing since there are few if any players ready to step in immediately and contribute. However, there are a number of intriguing players in the middle rounds who could develop into very good players with time.

Ranking the best edge defenders in the 2016 class | Pro Football Focus
PFF breaks down the pass-rusher group, finding four players worthy of a first-round selection and seven more who deserve to be chosen on day two of the draft.

Daryn Colledge finds new calling with Army National Guard - ESPN
Thanks to the former Packers lineman for his service. Colledge's salutes to the armed forces during his playing days now take a different meaning with him joining the Guard.

Former Saints DE Will Smith killed in New Orleans shooting -
This is a tragic story as Smith, almost universally hailed as one of the good guys of the NFL, was shot to death following a traffic incident in Louisiana over the weekend. Our condolences go out to Smith's family.