Don Hutson was born 100 years ago today. Jerry Rice is probably the greatest receiver ever but a good case could be made for Don Hutson. Don Hutson was remarkable. Hutson was an All-American receiver at Alabama. He then went on to play for the Green Bay Packers from 1935-1945. When you think about the great players the Green Bay Packers have had over the years it is saying something when most of the experts consider Don Hutson to be the greatest of them all. Hutson retired in 1945. He still holds the following NFL records all these years later.Most seasons leading league in pass receptions (8), Most consecutive seasons leading league in pass receptions (5), Most seasons leading league in pass receiving yards gained (7), Most consecutive seasons leading league in pass receiving yards gained (4), Most seasons leading league in pass receiving touchdowns (9), Most consecutive seasons leading league in pass receiving touchdowns (5), Most seasons leading league in scoring 5), and Most consecutive seasons leading league in scoring (5) Keep in mind this was all done in a league that wasn’t pass happy like the NFL is today. It was a running first sport back then. The stat the blows my mind is he caught 488 passes in his career but scored 99 touchdowns. In 1999 The Sporting News named Hutson the 6th greatest player of all times. He was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963, the first year of the Hall of Fames existence.
Note- When Hutson was the star receiver at Alabama, the other starting receiver was a fellow named Paul Bryant…aka Bear Bryant, who would become the greatest coach in the history of college football.