CLARKE HINKLE

CLARKE HINKLE

Class of 1964
Fullback >>> 5-11, 202
(Bucknell)
1932-1941 Green Bay Packers

William Clarke Hinkle. . .One of the most versatile stars in NFL annals. . . Fullback on offense, linebacker on defense. . . Famous for head-on duels with Nagurski. . .Did everything well - ran, passed, punted, placekicked, caught passes. . . Savage blocker, vicious tackler, adept pass defender. . .All-NFL four years. . .Rushed 3,860 yards, scored 379 points, averaged 40.8 yards on punts. . .Top NFL scorer, 1938. . . Born April 10, 1909, in Toronto, Ohio. . .Died November 9, 1988, at age of 79.

Clarke Hinkle was a hard-nosed player who loved to challenge his opponent. He was a pile-driving runner but he could turn the corner as well as hit the middle. Hinkle could catch the ball out of the backfield and was also the Packers' punter and placekicker.

As brilliant as he was on offense, Hinkle may have been even deadlier on defense. Backing up the Packers line, he was a vicious tackler against the run and terrific on pass defense – Hinkle proudly claimed he let only one receiver get behind him during his decade of pro football.

During his 10 years with the Green Bay Packers, Hinkle was named first- or second-team all-league each year. But, he is best remembered for his head-to-head duels with another great fullback-linebacker, Bronko Nagurski of the Chicago Bears. Nagurski was the prototype power runner of the 1930s but the rugged Hinkle, 30 pounds lighter, was determined to hold his own with anyone on an NFL gridiron. Hinkle's creed was "get to the Bronk before he gets to me," a tactic he used to perfection one day in 1934. Trapped on the sidelines by Nagurski, Clarke escaped his tackle by driving directly into and over him. The Bears' superstar was helped from the field with a broken nose and a fractured rib.

Hinkle, with his burning desire to compete and willingness to play in spite of painful injuries, always enjoyed the lasting respect of friend and foe alike. Nagurski himself turned out to be Clarke's staunchest press agent and even presented him for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964.

"They said I was hard to tackle, but here was a guy who didn't have too much trouble," Nagurski said of his Green Bay foe. When he retired after the 1941 season, Clarke Hinkle was the leading rusher in NFL history.

Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1932 Green Bay
13
95
331
3.5
3
0
0
0.0
0
1933 Green Bay
13
139
413
3.0
4
6
38
6.3
0
1934 Green Bay
12
144
359
2.5
1
11
113
10.3
1
1935 Green Bay
9
77
273
3.5
2
1
-4
-4.0
0
1936 Green Bay
12
100
476
4.8
5
0
0
0.0
0
1937 Green Bay
11
129
552
4.3
5
8
116
14.5
2
1938 Green Bay
11
114
299
2.6
3
7
98
14.0
4
1939 Green Bay
11
135
381
2.8
5
4
70
17.5
0
1940 Green Bay
10
109
383
3.5
2
4
28
7.0
1
1941 Green Bay
11
129
393
3.0
5
8
78
9.8
1
Career Total
113
1171
3860
3.3
35
49
537
11.0
9
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 54-26-316, 5 Int; Scoring: 44 TD, 28-47 FG, 31-37 XP; Punt Returns: 2-38; Kickoff Returns: 3-38; Interceptions: 3-13; Punting: 87-3550
Full Name: William Clarke Hinkle

Birthdate: April 10, 1909

Birthplace: Toronto, Ohio

High School: Toronto (Ohio)

Died: November 9, 1988

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame:
September 6, 1964

Presenter: Bronko Nagurski, Hall of Fame player

Other Members of Class of 1964: Jimmy Conzelman, Ed Healey, Link Lyman, Mike Michalske, Art Rooney, George Trafton

Pro Career: 10 seasons, 113 games

Drafted:
Hinkle played prior to the NFL Draft being implemented.

Uniform Number: 30, (39, 40)

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