Don Hutson

Donald Montgomery Hutson (January 31, 1913 – June 26, 1997) was a professional American football player and assistant coach in the National Football League (NFL). He played as a split end and spent his entire eleven-year professional career with the Green Bay Packers. Under head coach Curly Lambeau, Hutson led the Packers to four NFL Championship Games, winning three: 1936, 1939, and 1944.

In his senior season at the University of Alabama in 1934, Hutson was recognized as a consensus All-American and won a national championship with the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. After his career at Alabama, he joined the Packers in 1935 and played eleven seasons before he retired in 1945. He led the league in receiving yards in seven separate seasons and in receiving touchdowns in nine. A talented safety on defense, he also led the NFL in interceptions in 1940. Hutson was an eight-time All-Pro selection, a four-time All-Star, and was twice awarded the Joe F. Carr Trophy as the NFL Most Valuable Player.

Hutson is considered to have been the first modern receiver,[1] and is credited with creating many of the modern pass routes used in the NFL today. He was the dominant receiver of his day, during which he was widely considered one of the greatest receivers in NFL history.[2] He held almost all major receiving records at the time of his retirement, including career receptions, yards, and touchdowns.[3] He was inducted as a charter member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hutson's number 14 was the first jersey retired by the Packers, and he is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. In 1994, Hutson was selected for the National Football League 75th Anniversary All-Time Team as one of the greatest players of the NFL's first 75 years.

Don Hutson
Don hutson packers
No. 7, 14
Position:Split end
Personal information
Born:January 31, 1913
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Died:June 26, 1997 (aged 84)
Rancho Mirage, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school:Pine Bluff (AR)
College:Alabama
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:488
Receiving yards:7,991
Yards per reception:16.4
Receiving touchdowns:99
Interceptions:30
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years and college

Hutson was born on January 31, 1913, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, one of three sons of Roy B. Hutson and Mabel Clark Hutson. While a Boy Scout, he played with snakes. He said that's where he got his quickness and agility.[1] As a teenager Hutson played baseball for Pine Bluff's town team. As a senior at Pine Bluff High School he was an all-state basketball player, which he said was his favorite sport. "I'm like most [athletes]," he said. "I'd rather see football, but I'd rather play basketball."[4] Hutson played one year of football at Pine Bluff.[5]

Hutson played at end for coach Frank Thomas's Alabama Crimson Tide football team from 1932 to 1934.[6] Bear Bryant, future long-time coach of the Tide, was the self-described "other end" on the Tide in 1933 and 1934.[7] Bryant once remarked, "...he was something to see even then. We'd hitchhike to Pine Bluff just to watch him play. I saw him catch five touchdown passes in one game in high school."[8]

Sportswriter Morgan Blake ranked the undefeated 1934 Tide as the best team he ever saw.[9] Hutson's College Football Hall of Fame profile reads: "Fluid in motion, wondrously elusive with the fake, inventive in his patterns and magnificently at ease when catching the ball ... Hutson and fellow Hall of Famer Millard "Dixie" Howell became football's most celebrated passing combination."[10] Hutson had six catches for 165 yards,[6] including two touchdowns of 54 and 59 yards in the 1935 Rose Bowl against Stanford.[11] He also scored the winning touchdown over Robert Neyland's Tennessee Volunteers on an end-around.[12]

Hutson was recognized as a first-team All-American for six different organizations and received a second-team selection by one other. In an attempt to name retroactive Heisman Trophy winners before its first year of 1936, Hutson was awarded it for 1934 by the National Football Foundation.[13][14] Georgia Tech coach Bill Alexander once said, "All Don Hutson can do is beat you with clever hands and the most baffling change of pace I've ever seen."[15]

NFL career

When he graduated from Alabama, Hutson did not plan on playing professionally, since the NFL was not highly regarded in the South compared to college football.[16] But Green Bay Packers head coach Curly Lambeau saw Hutson as the perfect receiver for his passing attack, which at the time was headed by quarterback Arnie Herber and end John "Blood" McNally. Before the draft existed, college players could sign with any team they wanted, and while Hutson did sign a contract with Green Bay, he had also signed a contract with the NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers. Both contracts came to the NFL office at the same time, and NFL president Joseph Carr declared that Hutson would go to Green Bay, as the Green Bay contract had an earlier date of signing.[16] Hutson later stated he chose the Packers because they offered the most money—$300 a game. "That was far and above what they had ever paid a player," said Hutson. "Each week they'd give me a check for $150 from one bank and $150 from another so nobody would know how much I was getting paid."[17]

Split end

Hutson's first catch as a professional was on an 83-yard touchdown pass from Herber on the first play from scrimmage against the Chicago Bears, in the second game of the 1935 season.[18] It was the only score of the game as the Packers won 7–0.[19] He caught six touchdowns total in his rookie season, which led the league. It was the first in a string of four straight seasons and nine seasons total that Hutson led the league in touchdown receptions.[20] The next season the Packers won their fourth league title, with a 21–6 win over the Boston Redskins in the 1936 NFL Championship Game. Hutson scored the first touchdown of the game, on a 48-yard pass from Herber in the first quarter.[21] Hutson completed the season with 34 receptions for 536 yards and eight touchdowns, which were all league records,[20] and helped Herber set the NFL season passing yards record.[22] Hutson's yardage record was broken the next season by Chicago Cardinals receiver Gaynell Tinsley, who challenged Hutson over the next few years for the title of best receiver in the NFL.[2]

In 1938, Hutson had nine touchdown receptions, again setting the league record, as he led the Packers to another NFL Championship Game, this time against the New York Giants.[23] However, a knee injury he suffered four weeks earlier kept him out of the game's starting lineup.[24] He entered as a substitute three separate times late in the game but was unable to be a factor, catching no passes as Green Bay was defeated 23–17.[25]

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Hutson making a catch c. 1940

Hutson reclaimed the season receiving yards record from Tinsley in 1939 by catching 34 passes for 846 yards—an average of 24.9 yards per reception, the highest of his career. He again led the Packers to the championship game, for a rematch against the Giants. This time Green Bay was victorious, with a 27–0 shutout win.[26] Hutson had two receptions in the game for 21 yards and a rushing attempt that went for three yards.[27]

In 1940, Hutson scored seven touchdowns and kicked 15 extra points to lead the league in scoring by edging out Rams fullback Johnny Drake by a single point.[28] On September 29, Hutson caught his 38th career touchdown pass, breaking Johnny Blood's record. He remained the record holder for almost 50 years, until surpassed by the last touchdown of Steve Largent's career in 1989.[29]

In 1941, Hutson became the first receiver to catch 50 passes in a season,[16] doing so while again leading the league in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. He also scored two rushing touchdowns, for a total of twelve. After the season, he was awarded the Joe F. Carr Trophy as the league's most valuable player. He received six of the nine first place votes, finishing ahead of his quarterback Cecil Isbell, who received two first place votes.[30]

Hutson repeated as league MVP in 1942 as he shattered most of his own records; he caught 74 passes for 1,211 yards and 17 touchdowns and averaged over 110 receiving yards per game. He again received six of nine first place votes for the Joe F. Carr Trophy. "The selection did not rest alone on his great pass catching ability," reasoned the selection committee. "Also considered were his nuisance value as a disrupter of enemy defenses and his ability to transform the Packers into a confident, powerful aggregation in clutch situations."[31] His production helped Isbell become the first NFL quarterback to throw for over 2,000 yards in a season.[32]

In February 1943, Hutson announced his retirement from football due to a lingering chest injury.[33] He changed his mind and returned for the 1943 season,[34] however, and caught 47 passes for 776 yards and eleven touchdowns, leading the league in all three. He also threw his first and only completed pass of his career: a 38-yard touchdown pass to Harry Jacunski against the Bears.[35] Additionally, he successfully kicked 36 extra points on 36 tries, and had an 83-yard interception return touchdown. After the season Hutson again announced his intention to retire as a player, this time to be an assistant coach for the Packers.[36] He once again returned as a player in 1944 and again led the league with 58 receptions, 866 yards, and nine touchdowns, while also serving as assistant coach. He led the Packers to the 1944 NFL Championship Game against the Giants and caught two passes for 47 yards, as the Packers won their third and final championship with Hutson, 14–7.[37]

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Diagram of the chair route, a Hutson innovation

For the third time in as many years Hutson announced his retirement, and for the third time he returned as a player in 1945. A sportswriter for The Pittsburgh Press jokingly declared Hutson "holder of the world's record for coming out of retirement."[38] In a week three, 57–21 blowout win against the Detroit Lions, Hutson set an NFL record with four touchdown receptions in a game, all of them coming in the second quarter.[39] He also kicked five extra points in the quarter, for a total of 29 points, which as of 2015 remains a record for points by a player in a single quarter.[1]

In all, Hutson caught 488 passes for 7,991 yards and 99 touchdowns. He rushed for three touchdowns, scored two touchdowns on blocked punts, and had an interception return touchdown for a career total of 105. He scored at least six receiving touchdowns in each of his eleven seasons.[4] Hutson led the NFL in receptions eight times, including five consecutive times: 1941 to 1945. He led the NFL in receiving yards seven times, including four straight times: 1941 to 1944. He led the NFL in scoring five times: 1941 to 1945. As of 2016, Hutson still holds the highest career average touchdowns per game for a receiver, at 0.85.[3] Hutson's single season record of 17 touchdown receptions in 1942 stood for 42 years until broken by receiver Mark Clayton in 1984, a year in which Miami's quarterback Dan Marino had more completions (362) than the entire 1942 Packers team's pass attempts (330).[3] His four receiving touchdowns in a game has been surpassed three times and tied several times,[40] but his four in a single quarter has yet to be matched. His record 99 touchdown receptions stood for 44 years, well into the modern era.[18] In his eleven-year professional career, Hutson never missed a game due to injury.[41] He invented many pass routes still in use today, including the chair route.[42]

Defense and special teams

For many of his eleven seasons, Hutson was also the Packers' kicker. He added 172 extra points on 183 attempts and seven field goals on 15 attempts for another league record 823 points. He led the league in extra points made and attempted in 1941, 1942 and 1945 and in field goals made in 1943. As did almost all players in his day, Hutson played both offense and defense. On defense, he played safety and intercepted 30 passes over the final six years of his career.[a] His highest season total was in 1943, when he intercepted eight passes in ten games. In 1940, he led the NFL with six interceptions.[3]

After his retirement as a player, Hutson remained on the Packers staff as an assistant until 1948.[41]

Personal and later life

From an early age Hutson was interested in business. "At the university [of Alabama], I was the only athlete in the business school," he said. "The only reason I wanted to play pro sports was to get a stake."[4] While both were students at Alabama, he partnered with Bear Bryant to operate a laundromat in Tuscaloosa called Captain Kidd Cleaners. However, neither were educated in laundering, and they sold the business after two years.[43] While in Green Bay, Hutson opened the Packer Playdium bowling alley,[44] which proved so successful that he twice considered retirement from football to fully dedicate his time to its operation.[34] He then started the Hutson Motor Car Co. dealership and in 1951 purchased Chevrolet and Cadillac agencies in Racine, Wisconsin.[45] "I never aimed for automobiles," said Hutson. "That just happened to be the thing I got into. I just wanted to run a business, any business.[4]

After he retired from the dealership business, Hutson settled in Rancho Mirage, California, where he lived until his death on June 26, 1997, at the age of 84.[46]

Honors and recognition

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Hutson at his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963

Hutson has been honored in a variety of ways. He was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1951,[47] and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1968, also as an initial member.[48] His number 14 was the first number retired by the Packers, in a public ceremony at a game at City Stadium on December 2, 1951.[18] Hutson Street in the Packerland Industrial Park in Green Bay is named for him, and in 1994 the Packers named their new state-of-the-art indoor practice facility across the street from Lambeau Field the "Don Hutson Center."[49]

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Hutson's number 14 displayed at Lambeau Field

Hutson was inducted as a charter member of both the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951,[50] and Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. His college career made him a unanimous choice for the Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1920–1969 era.[51] Hutson is a member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, inducted in 1972 along with his quarterbacks, Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell. There is a park named after him in his hometown of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.[52] On the occasion of his 75th birthday he performed the ceremonial coin toss of Super Bowl XXII to end the pregame ceremonies.[53] Hutson was named to the NFL's 1930s All-Decade Team and 50th Anniversary Team in 1970, and in 1994 he was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.[18] In 1999, he was ranked sixth on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Football Players, the highest-ranking Packer and the highest-ranking pre–World War II player.[54] In 2012, the NFL Network named Hutson the greatest Green Bay Packer of all time.[55]

In 2005, the Flagstad family of Green Bay donated to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame an authentic Packers No. 14 jersey worn by Hutson. The jersey was found in a trunk of old uniforms in 1946 at the Rockwood Lodge, the Packers' summer training camp from 1946 to 1949, owned by Melvin and Helen Flagstad. The jersey, a rare NFL artifact valued at over $17,000, was donated by son Daniel Flagstad in memory of his parents.[56]

Hutson's most productive seasons were from 1942 to 1945, a time in which the NFL was severely depleted with many of its most talented players and prospective college athletes serving in the military during World War II.[57] Hutson was classified I-A for the military draft, but had three daughters, so was able to avoid conscription.[4] On the notion that Hutson exploited watered-down defenses, former Packers running back Paul Hornung responded as such: "I'm a believer. Am I a believer! You know what Hutson would do in this league today? The same things he did when he played."[46]

NFL records

As of the end of the 2017 NFL season, Hutson still holds the following records: 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 seasons leading the league in total touchdowns (8), Most consecutive seasons leading league in pass receiving touchdowns (5), most seasons leading league in scoring (5, now tied), and most consecutive seasons leading league in scoring (5). Sportswriter Zipp Newman referred to Hutson as "the Ty Cobb of the gridiron."[15]

Records held as of retirement:[4][20]

  • Most seasons led league, scoring: 5*
  • Most consecutive seasons led league, scoring: 5*
  • Most touchdowns scored in a quarter: 4*
  • Most touchdown receptions in a quarter: 4*
  • Most points scored in a quarter: 29*[39][1][58]
  • Most seasons led league, touchdowns: 8*
  • Most consecutive seasons led league, touchdowns: 4*
  • Most seasons led league, receiving touchdowns: 9*
  • Most consecutive seasons led league, receiving touchdowns: 5*
  • Most seasons led league, receptions: 8*
  • Most consecutive seasons led league, receptions: 5*
  • Most seasons led league, receiving yards: 7*
  • Most consecutive seasons led league, receiving yards: 4*
  • Most receptions, career: 488
  • Most receptions, season: 74
  • Most receptions, game: 14
  • Most receiving yards, career: 7,991
  • Most receiving yards, season: 1,211
  • Most receiving yards, game: 209
  • Most receiving touchdowns, career: 99
  • Most touchdowns, season: 17
  • Most touchdowns, game: 4
  • Most points scored in a calendar month: 74 (Four games in October 1945)

Note: * = remains an NFL record as of 2017 season[59]

NFL career statistics

Receiving Defense Scoring
Year Team GP Rec Yds Avg TD Lng Rec/G Yds/G Int Yds TD Sfty XPM XPA FGM FGA Pts
1935 GB 9 18 420 23.3 6 83 2.0 46.7 0 1 0 0 0 43
1936 GB 12 34 536 15.8 8 58 2.8 44.7 0 54
1937 GB 11 41 552 13.5 7 78 3.7 50.2 1 42
1938 GB 10 32 548 17.1 9 54 3.2 54.8 0 3 3 0 0 57
1939 GB 11 34 846 24.9 6 92 3.1 76.9 0 2 2 0 0 38
1940 GB 11 45 664 14.8 7 36 4.1 60.4 6 24 0 0 15 16 0 0 57
1941 GB 11 58 738 12.7 10 45 5.3 67.1 1 32 0 0 20 24 1 1 95
1942 GB 11 74 1,211 16.4 17 73 6.7 110.1 7 71 0 0 33 34 1 4 138
1943 GB 10 47 776 16.5 11 79 4.7 77.6 8 197 1 0 36 36 3 5 117
1944 GB 10 58 866 14.9 9 55 5.8 86.6 4 50 0 0 31 33 0 3 85
1945 GB 10 47 834 17.7 9 75 4.7 83.4 4 15 0 0 31 35 2 4 97
Career 116 488 7,991 16.4 99 92 4.2 68.9 30 389 1 1 172 183 7 17 825

Source:[60]

Year Team Games Rushing
GP GS Att Yards TD Lng Avg Yds/G Att/G
1935 GB 9 5 6 22 0 0 3.7 2.4 0.7
1936 GB 12 5 1 -3 0 -3 -3.0 -0.3 -0.1
1937 GB 11 5 14 26 0 0 1.9 2.4 1.3
1938 GB 10 7 3 -1 0 0 -3.0 -0.1 -0.3
1939 GB 11 8 5 26 0 0 5.2 2.4 0.5
1940 GB 11 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1941 GB 11 4 4 22 2 18 5.5 2.0 0.4
1942 GB 11 4 3 4 0 9 1.3 0.4 0.3
1943 GB 10 9 6 41 0 16 6.8 4.1 0.6
1944 GB 10 7 12 87 0 27 7.3 8.7 1.2
1945 GB 10 0 8 60 1 18 7.5 6.0 0.8
Career 116 60 62 284 3 27 4.6 2.4 0.5

Notes

  1. ^ Interceptions were not counted in statistics until the 1940 season.

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Further reading

External links

Records
Preceded by
Gaynell Tinsley
NFL single-season receiving yards record
1939–1950
Succeeded by
Elroy Hirsch
1937 All-Pro Team

The 1937 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1937 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the NFL coaches (NFL), the International News Service (INS), the United Press (UP), Collyer's Eye (CE), and the New York Daily News (NYDN).Four players were selected for the first team by all five selectors: Detroit Lions quarterback Dutch Clark; Green Bay Packers fullback Clarke Hinkle; Washington Redskins tackle Turk Edwards; and Chicago Bears guard George Musso. Three others were named to the first team by four selectors: Washington Redskins Sammy Baugh (NFL, INS, UP, NYDN; selected as a halfback); Chicago Cardinals end Gaynell Tinsley (NFL, UP, CE, NYDN); and Chicago Bears tackle Joe Stydahar (NFL, UP, CE, NYDN). Three more were selected by three selectors: Washington Redskins halfback Cliff Battles (NFL, INS, NYDN); Green Bay Packers end Don Hutson (INS, CE, NYDN); and New York Giants center Mel Hein (NFL, INS, NYDN).

1939 All-Pro Team

The 1939 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1939 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the NFL coaches (NFL), Professional Football Writers Association (PFW), the United Press (UP), the International News Service (INS), Collyer's Eye (CE), and the New York Daily News (NYDN).Players displayed in bold were consensus first-team selections. Four players were selected for the first team by all six selectors: Chicago Bears fullback Bill Osmanski; Green Bay Packers end Don Hutson; Chicago Bears tackle Joe Stydahar; and Chicago Bears guard Dan Fortmann.

1940 All-Pro Team

The 1940 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1940 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the so-called "official" All-Pro team selected by 92 sports writers who were members of the Pro Football Writers Association of American (PFW), the sports writers of the Associated Press (AP), the United Press (UP), the International News Service (INS), Collyer's Eye (CE), the New York Daily News (NYDN), and the Chicago Herald American.Players displayed in bold were consensus first-team selections. Three players were selected for the first team by all seven selectors: Brooklyn Dodgers quarterback Ace Parker; Brooklyn Dodgers tackle Bruiser Kinard; and Chicago Bears guard Dan Fortmann. Four others were designated for the first team by six selectors: Cleveland Rams fullback Johnny Drake; Green Bay Packers end Don Hutson; Brooklyn Dodgers end Perry Schwartz; and New York Giants center Mel Hein. Another four players were selected by five of seven selectors: Detroit Lions halfback Byron White; Washington Redskins halfback Sammy Baugh; Chicago Bears tackle Joe Stydahar; and New York Giants center Mel Hein.

1941 All-Pro Team

The 1941 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1941 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the so-called "official" All-Pro team selected by a committee of professional football writers for the NFL (NFL), the sports writers of the Associated Press (AP), the United Press (UP), Collyer's Eye (CE), the New York Daily News (NYDN), and the Chicago Herald American.Players displayed in bold were consensus first-team selections. Five players were named to the first team by all six selectors: Green Bay Packers halfback Cecil Isbell; Chicago Bears halfback George McAfee; Green Bay Packers end Don Hutson; Chicago Bears guard Dan Fortmann; and Chicago Bears center Bulldog Turner.

1944 Green Bay Packers season

The 1944 Green Bay Packers season was their 26th season overall and their 24th season in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–2 record under coach Curly Lambeau, earning them a first-place finish in the Western Conference. The Packers ended the season beating the New York Giants 14–7 in the NFL Championship Game, their sixth league title. Don Hutson led the NFL in touchdowns for a record-setting eighth time in his career.

1944 NFL Championship Game

The 1944 National Football League Championship Game was the 12th National Football League (NFL) title game. The game was played on December 17 at the Polo Grounds in New York City, and the attendance was 46,016. The game featured the Green Bay Packers (8–2), champions of the Western Division versus the Eastern Division champion New York Giants (8–1–1).The Packers were led by longtime head coach Curly Lambeau and its stars were running back Ted Fritsch, end Don Hutson, and quarterback Irv Comp. The Giants were led by head coach Steve Owen. They also had running back Bill Paschal and former Packers quarterback Arnie Herber as well as a dominant defense. The Packers were slight favorites, despite the Giants' 24–0 shutout win four weeks earlier. Prior to the game, the Packers had spent over a week preparing in Charlottesville, Virginia

The Packers completed their regular season on November 26, the Giants on December 10.

Green Bay scored two touchdowns in the second quarter then yielded one early in the fourth to win 14-7 for their sixth and final league title under Lambeau, their first since 1939.The Packers did not return to the title game for 16 years, and won the following year in 1961, the first of five titles in seven seasons in the 1960s under head coach Vince Lombardi.

1994 Green Bay Packers season

The 1994 Green Bay Packers season was the team's 76th season overall and their 74th in the National Football League. The Packers posted a 9–7 record for their third straight winning season. 1994 marked the first of 8 seasons in which Packers' quarterback Brett Favre would throw more than 30 touchdown passes. It also marked the second season in which he started all 16 games for the Packers, starting a record-breaking starting streak which would continue throughout his career. This was the final season that the Packers played at Milwaukee County Stadium; they played home games exclusively at Lambeau beginning in 1995. Three Packers had the distinction of being named to the NFL's All-Time 75th Anniversary Team: Reggie White, Don Hutson, and Ray Nitschke. After defeating the Detroit Lions 16–12 in the NFC Wild Card Game, the season ended in a 35–9 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC Divisional Playoff Game.Despite another stellar season, Brett Favre, for the first time in his career, was not eligible for the Pro Bowl.

Billy Howton

William Harris Howton (born July 5, 1930) is a former American football player, an end in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, and expansion Dallas Cowboys.Howton caught a total 503 career passes for a total of 8,459 yards. In doing so, he surpassed then leader Don Hutson to become the all-time leader in receptions and yardage. (Since then his ranking has fallen to below 50.) Despite this, he has yet to be named a finalist in Pro Football Hall of Fame balloting. He retired after the 1963 season, after four years with Dallas. In 2004, he was named to the Professional Football Researchers Association Hall of Very Good in the association's second HOVG class

Chair (route)

The chair route or out-and-up is a route run by a receiver in American football. The route was pioneered by Don Hutson. It is an out route followed by a fly route, like a wheel route with a quicker vertical release; or a stop-and-go with an out rather than a curl.

Don Hutson Center

The Don Hutson Center is the indoor practice facility of the Green Bay Packers. Located across the street from Lambeau Field, it was built in 1994 at a cost of $4.7 million.

The center is named after Don Hutson, who played for the Packers from 1935 to 1945. A member of both the Pro Football and Packers Halls of Fame, Hutson was the dominant player of his era, setting records that stood for 50 years after his retirement.

The Don Hutson Center is the largest element of the Packers' practice complex, which includes Ray Nitschke Field and Clarke Hinkle Field, which were also named after Packer greats.

There are two practice fields inside the Center: a 70-yard (64 m) field runs east-west, with another 60-yard (55 m) field running north-south, allowing the offense and defense to practice simultaneously. With 90-foot (27 m) and 85-foot (26 m) high ceilings over the respective fields, the facility allows the special teams to run full punting and kicking practices. The FieldTurf surfaces allow the Packers to replicate game conditions for road games where they will have to play indoors or on artificial surfaces.

The Packers' video department has elevated camera positions on the inside of the Hutson Center for filming practices, as well as four porches on the exterior of the west side for filming practices at Clarke Hinkle Field.

The Center was dedicated on July 18, 1994, at a ceremony presided over by the then 81-year-old Hutson himself.

Green Bay Packers records

This article details statistics relating to the Green Bay Packers.

Kent Ryan

Orson Kent Ryan (February 2, 1915 – February 3, 2006) was a professional American football player who played defensive back for three seasons (1938, 1939, and 1940) for the Detroit Lions in the National Football League. He also served in the Army and was called in to serve in the South Pacific in 1941 for 5 years.

He, along with Don Hutson and Ace Parker, led the league in interceptions with 6 for the 1940 season, the first in which the NFL kept records.

List of Alabama Crimson Tide players in the College Football Hall of Fame

The Alabama Crimson Tide college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and represents the University of Alabama in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The College Football Hall of Fame was established in 1951 to honor the careers of selected student-athletes who have competed in college football as either a player or coach. Since its inaugural class that year, Alabama has had 23 persons elected to the Hall of Fame as either a player or coach of the Crimson Tide.The first Alabama inductees into the Hall of Fame were Don Hutson and Frank Thomas as part of the inaugural class in 1951. The most recent inductee was Derrick Thomas as part of the 2014 class.

List of National Football League annual receiving touchdowns leaders

In American football, passing, along with running (also referred to as rushing), is one of the two main methods of advancing the ball down the field. Passes are typically attempted by the quarterback, but any offensive player can attempt a pass provided they are behind the line of scrimmage. To qualify as a passing play, the ball must have initially moved forward after leaving the hands of the passer; if the ball initially moved laterally or backwards, the play would instead be considered a running play. In addition to the overall National Football League (NFL) receiving champion, league record books recognize the rushing champions of the American Football League (AFL), which operated from 1960 to 1969 before being absorbed into the National Football League in 1970.The NFL did not begin keeping official records until the 1932 season. Since the adoption of the 14-game season in 1961, only one season (the strike-shortened 1982 season) has had a receiving touchdowns league leader record fewer than 10 touchdown catches. The record for receiving touchdowns in a season is 23, set by Randy Moss during the 2007 season; only one other player (Jerry Rice) has recorded 20 or more receiving touchdowns in a season.Don Hutson led the league in receiving touchdowns nine times, the most of any player in league history; Jerry Rice ranks second with six league-leading seasons. Hutson also holds the record for the two longest streaks leading the league in receiving touchdowns, doing so for four consecutive seasons (1935 to 1938) and then doing it for five consecutive years from 1940 to 1944. The next longest streak is three seasons, accomplished by Rice from 1989 to 1991. The Green Bay Packers have had a player from their team lead the league in receiving touchdowns 15 times, the most of any team in the NFL; the San Francisco 49ers rank second with 12.

List of National Football League annual receiving yards leaders

In American football, passing, along with running (also referred to as rushing), is one of the two main methods of advancing the ball down the field. Passes are typically attempted by the quarterback, but any offensive player can attempt a pass provided they are behind the line of scrimmage. To qualify as a passing play, the ball must have initially moved forward after leaving the hands of the passer; if the ball initially moved laterally or backwards, the play would instead be considered a running play. A player who catches a forward pass is a receiver, and the number of receiving yards each player has recorded in each season is a recorded stat in football games. In addition to the overall National Football League (NFL) receiving champion, league record books recognize statistics from the American Football League (AFL), which operated from 1960 to 1969 before being absorbed into the NFL in 1970, Although league record books do not recognize stats from the All-America Football Conference, another league that merged with the NFL, these statistics are recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The NFL did not begin keeping official records until the 1932 season. The average the yards the leader has gained has increased over time – since the adoption of the 14-game season in 1961, all but one season saw the receiving leader record over 1,000 yards. No player has ever finished with over 2,000 receiving yards in a season; the current record is 1,964 yards, set by Calvin Johnson during the 2012 season. Wes Chandler, who led the league with 1,032 yards in the strike-shortened 1982 season, averaged 129 yards receiving per game, an NFL record.Don Hutson led the league in receiving yards seven times, the most of any player; Jerry Rice is second with six. Hutson also recorded the most consecutive seasons leading the league in receiving, doing so for five seasons from 1941 to 1945, while Jerry Rice ranks second with three consecutive league-leading seasons from 1993 to 1995. A Green Bay Packers player has led the league in receiving yards eleven times, the most in the NFL; the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams rank second with nine league-leading seasons. The most recent receiving yards leader was Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons, who recorded 1,677 receiving yards over the 2018 season.

List of National Football League annual receptions leaders

This is a list of National Football League players who have led the regular season in receptions each year.

Pigskin Champions

Pigskin Champions is a 1937 sports short subject documentary directed by Charles G. Clarke. Produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, it was a part of the "Pete Smith Specialties" series.

It featured the then-World Champion Green Bay Packers in an exhibition of football skills. There is an amazing clip of Arnie Herber breaking a pane of glass mounted on the field goal posts, throwing from midfield. A number of players punt the ball into the coffin corner from a good distance. There are great shots of Curly, Don Hutson and others.

Ray Nitschke Field

Ray Nitschke Field is one of the two outdoor practice facilities of the Green Bay Packers (the other is Clarke Hinkle Field). These fields, together with the Don Hutson Center, comprise the team's training complex.

The field is named for Ray Nitschke, who played for the Packers from 1958 to 1972 and whose number 66 was retired by the team. Nitschke is a member of both the Pro Football and Packers Hall of Fames.

On June 18, 2003, the Brown County Board voted 23–0 to approve a new lease for Ray Nitschke Field which gave the Packers the use of the site through 2020. The lease began in 2004 and started at $125,000 with an increase of $5,000 in each succeeding year. The Packers had been leasing the field from the County since 1997 for $15,000 a year. This field had an artificial FieldTurf surface, installed in 2004 (Clarke Hinkle Field has a natural grass surface).

The Packers have since signed a 15-year lease with Brown County to move the field closer to the Don Hutson Center, with their paying $200,000 to the county this year and increasing $6,500 each subsequent year. The new location is in a former parking lot for the Resch Center and as part of the deal the Packers had to build a 205-space parking lot at the former site of Nitschke Field.

On August 1, 2009, the Packers unveiled major renovations to the practice facility, including bleacher seating for 1500 fans, a sound system for announcements and music as well as natural grass field with underground heating. The heating system will enable the team to host outdoor practices in the winter, something they have been unable to do in the past. The exterior facade uses the same brick style as Lambeau Field and the 170 × 75-yard field is considered a state-of-the-art practice field unlike anything else in the National Football League.

Sterling Sharpe

Sterling Sharpe (born April 6, 1965) is a former American football wide receiver and analyst for the NFL Network. He attended the University of South Carolina, and played from 1988 to 1994 with the Green Bay Packers in a career shortened by injuries.

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NFL champion
Joe F. Carr MVP Trophy
Bold Career high
Don Hutson—championships, awards, and honors

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