Former Packers RB Terdell Middleton, who topped 1,000 yards rushing as a second-year player in 1978, died late last week. He was 59.After he was drafted by the Cardinals in the third round in 1977, Middleton was acquired by the Packers via trade. In his second season, he rushed for 1,116 yards and 11 TDs, becoming the fourth 1,000-yard rusher in Packers history, joining Tony Canadeo, Jim Taylor and John Brockington.
Middleton’s 1,000-yard rushing season in 1978 was Green Bay’s first since Brockington in 1973, and the Packers wouldn’t have another one until Edgar Bennett cracked 1,000 in 1995, making Middleton’s the only 1,000-yard rushing season for the Packers in a two-decade span.
Still, just months after Middleton’s breakthrough season in 1978, the Packers used their first two draft picks in 1979 on running backs (Eddie Lee Ivery and Steve Atkins). Middleton rushed for only 831 yards over his final four seasons in Green Bay.
The Memphis native played in college at Memphis as well. He is one of nine 1,000-yard rushers in Packers history. Since Bennett in ’95, the others have been Dorsey Levens, Ahman Green, Ryan Grant and Eddie Lacy.
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