|No. 87, 75|
|Born:||September 22, 1932|
|Died:||September 30, 1992 (aged 60)|
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||234 lb (106 kg)|
|High school:||Jersey City (NJ) Dickinson|
|NFL Draft:||1955 / Round: 25 / Pick: 293|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Nathaniel Borden (September 22, 1932 – September 30, 1992) was a professional American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. He also was a member of the Buffalo Bills in the American Football League (AFL). He played college football at Indiana University.
He accepted a scholarship from Indiana University. As a freshman, he played at defensive tackle. He played as a defensive end in his next two years. As a senior, he was moved back to defensive tackle. He never missed a game, playing in 36 straight contests.
Green Bay Packers
During this early period, Borden was one of the few African-American players on the Packers along with Frank Purnell, who played in 1957. When he could not find housing within the city limits, he had to room at a rundown motel just outside Green Bay. A number of Packers were also staying at the motel. They told the manager he would lose their business if Borden could not room there. Quarterback Bart Starr befriended Borden and frequently had him and his family at Starr's home for dinner.
He was a starter at defensive end during four straight seasons. When Vince Lombardi was hired as the new head coach for the 1959 season, Borden was the only African-American player on the roster and Lombardi had to assist him in finding a decent place to live. He wasn't protected for the NFL Expansion Draft due to a knee injury.
Borden was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft and became the first starter at left defensive end in franchise history, registering 48 tackles. The next year, he was switched to the right side, after John Gonzaga was traded and Bob Lilly was drafted. He was released on September 11, 1962.
In 1961, he was a college scout for the Dallas Cowboys during the offseason. In 1965, he was hired to scout for the United Scouting organization of the NFL, before being hired by the Green Bay Packers for the same role. In 1967, he was hired as a scout by the Atlanta Falcons. In 1973, he took a job as a part-time scout for the Cincinnati Bengals. In 1974, he was hired as a fulltime scout with the World Football League.
After finishing his scouting years, Borden became the assistant to the mayor of Jersey City, Jim Sutcliffe. After Sutcliffe lost a bid for re-election, Borden moved to Las Vegas, where he was assistant to the mayor Russ Dorn. He was also the Officer of Urban Development in the city of Las Vegas.
Borden died of cancer in Las Vegas on September 30, 1992. He left behind two sons and a daughter.
- "All American Teams". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Former Packers Will Start Sunday Against Green Bay". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Borden to Scout for Pro Teams". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
- "Borden Named Grid Scout For Atlanta". Retrieved February 3, 2018.