DON HUTSON

DON HUTSON

Class of 1963
End >>> 6-1, 183
(Alabama)
1935-1945 Green Bay Packers

Donald Roy Hutson ... Alabama All-American, 1934 ... NFL's first "super end" ... Also placekicked, played safety ... NFL receiving champ eight years ... Topped scorers five times ... All-NFL nine years ... Most Valuable Player, 1941, 1942 ... Had 488 catches for 7,991 yards, 99 TDs ... Scored 811 points ... Held 18 major NFL records at time of retirement ... Named NFL's all-time end, 1969 ... Born January 31, 1913, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas ... Died June 26, 1997, at age of 84.

Don Hutson’s first touchdown came on an 83-yard pass from Arnie Herber in just his second game as a Green Bay Packer. He wound up with 99 career touchdown receptions, a record that stood for more than four decades. When Hutson retired in 1945 after 11 superb seasons, he held 18 NFL records, including 488 career receptions.

That was 200 more than his closest competitor. Hutson invented modern pass receiving. He created Z-outs, buttonhooks, hook-and-gos, and a whole catalog of moves and fakes. Although he had been an All-America at Alabama in 1934, there were plenty who doubted the skinny speedster could stand the pace of pro football. But it wasn't long before his mere presence on the field had changed the defensive concept of the game.

Don could outmaneuver and outrace virtually every defender in the league. He led the NFL in receiving in eight of his 11 seasons and in scoring five straight years. Twice, in 1941 and 1942, he was named the league’s MVP.

Like everyone in the days before free substitution, Hutson was a 60-minute player who spent most of his career as a very fine safety on defense. In his final six seasons, he swiped 30 opposing quarterbacks’ passes. Often after scoring a touchdown, he would kick the extra point. In one quarter of a 1945 game, he caught four touchdown passes and kicked five PATs for an amazing 29 points.

Had it not been for a unique decision by NFL President Joe Carr, Hutson might never have become a landmark pass-catcher. After college, Don signed contracts with both the pass-minded Packers and the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers, a team that rarely passed. Carr ruled the contract with the earliest postmark would be honored. The Packers' contract was postmarked 8:30 a.m., 17 minutes earlier than the Dodgers' pact. Thus Hutson became a Packer.

Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
Int
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1935 Green Bay
9
18
420
23.3
6
0
0
0.0
0
1936 Green Bay
12
34
536
15.8
8
0
0
0.0
0
1937 Green Bay
11
41
552
13.5
7
0
0
0.0
0
1938 Green Bay
10
32
548
17.1
9
0
0
0.0
0
1939 Green Bay
11
34
846
24.9
6
0
0
0.0
0
1940 Green Bay
11
45
664
14.8
7
6
24
4.0
0
1941 Green Bay
11
58
738
12.7
10
1
32
32.0
0
1942 Green Bay
11
74
1211
16.4
17
7
71
10.1
0
1943 Green Bay
10
47
776
16.5
11
8
197
24.6
1
1944 Green Bay
10
58
866
14.9
9
4
50
12.5
0
1945 Green Bay
10
47
834
17.7
9
4
15
3.8
0
Career Total
116
488
7991
16.4
99
30
389
13
1
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 11-1-38, 1 TD; Rushing: 62-284, 3 TDs; Scoring: 103 TDs, 7-17 FG, 172-183 XP; Kickoff Returns: 5-45
Full Name: Donald Roy Hutson

Birthdate: January 31, 1913

Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas

High School: Pine Bluff (Ark.)

Died: June 26, 1997

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: September 7, 1963

Presenter: Dante Lavelli, Cleveland Browns

Other Members of Class of 1963: Sammy Baugh, Bert Bell, Joe Carr, Earl "Dutch" Clark, Harold "Red" Grange, George Halas, Mel Hein, Wilbur "Pete" Henry, Cal Hubbard, Earl "Curly" Lambeau, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, John "Blood" McNally, Bronko Nagurski, Ernie Nevers, Jim Thorpe

Pro Career: 11 seasons, 116 games

Drafted: Hutson played prior to the NFL draft being implemented.

Uniform Number: 14

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