Cochran to be inducted into Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

Posted by Mike Spofford on May 13, 2014 – 10:14 am

John “Red” Cochran, a former Packers assistant coach and longtime scout, will be inducted posthumously into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday.

A native of Fairfield, Ala., Cochran was the Packers’ offensive backfield coach for two different stints — during the Vince Lombardi era from 1959-66 and then again from 1971-74.

After retiring from coaching, Cochran became a full-time scout for the Packers until 1987 and then continued in that capacity part-time until his death in 2004 at age 82.

Cochran was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Red Cochran, Packers Hall of Famer, joins Alabama Hall

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on March 27, 2014 – 3:54 pm

Red CochranRed Cochran, a member of Vince Lombardi’s coaching staff during the 1960s, when the Packers won five NFL tiles that included two Super Bowl championships, has been inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Cochran is also enshrined in the Packers Hall of Fame.

Born August 22, 1922 in Fairfield, Ala., Coachran played collegiately at Wake Forest. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals as a defensive back and punt returner and set a Cardinals record for punt-return average. He played on the Cardinals NFL Championship team in 1947. Following his playing days, he returned to Wake Forest, where he began his coaching career. He coached for the Lions, Packers, Cardinals and Chargers, but was most prominently a member of Lombardi’s staff. He was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1997. Cochran died on Sept. 5, 2004.

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