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|Date of birth:||September 22, 1932|
|Place of birth:||Detroit, MI|
|Date of death:||September 30, 1992(aged 60)|
|Place of death:||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||234 lb (106 kg)|
|High school:||William L. Dickinson (NJ)|
|NFL Draft:||1955 / Round: 25 / Pick: 293|
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Nathaniel Borden (September 22, 1932 – September 30, 1992) was a professional American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). He played college football at Indiana University.
He accepted a scholarship from Indiana University, where he played as an offensive and defensive end. As a senior he was moved to tackle and received honorable-mention All-American and second-team All-Big Ten honors.
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.
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 would help him find 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. The next year he was moved to the right side, after John Gonzaga was traded and Bob Lilly was drafted. He was released on September 11, 1962.
In 1965, he was hired to scout for the United Scouting organization of the NFL. In 1967, he was hired as a scout by the Atlanta Falcons, remaining with the team for twelve years. The Falcons first season was 1966 and was led by former Green Bay Packers coach Norb Hecker.
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.