As of December 20th, Packers legend, Don Hutson was selected to the NFL 100 All-Time Team. The team is voted on by a panel of media members, former players, and NFL personnel. Hutson joined Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Raymond Berry, Paul Warfield, Lance Alworth, Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Largent, Marvin Harrison, and Elroy Hirsch as the only receivers on the team. Don Hutson played for Curly Lambeau and the early Green Bay Packers from 1935 through 1945. He was the NFL’s first ever dominant receiver. Bill Belichick, Hall of Fame coach for the New England Patriots, said “He (Hutson) was the first route runner in the NFL…He absolutely changed the wide receiver position.”
In 11 seasons, Don Hutson led the entire NFL in receiving yards 7 times, receptions 8 times, and receiving touchdowns 9 times. He is still the only player in NFL history to win the receiving Triple Crown more than once. He won it 5 times. Hutson’s best season came in 1942 when he had 74 receptions for 1,211 yards and 17 touchdowns. In today’s standard this would be considered an incredible season but back in 1942 when throwing the ball wasn’t as popular, his numbers were unrealistic. His 1942 campaign allowed him to win the second of consecutive MVP awards. Perhaps Hutson’s next best season came in 1939 when he only had 34 catches but had 846 yards. This means that Hutson was averaging a remarkable 24.9 yards per reception. Talk about a down field threat.
Don Hutson was the best player of his era. He was an 8x All-Pro, 3x champion, and a 1963 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee. Without Hutson, the NFL would have never changed. He paved the way for guys like Raymond Berry, Jerry Rice, and Randy Moss. There is no better honor for the late, great Don Hutson than to be enshrined as one of the NFL’s top 100 players of all-time. Congratulations Don, you made Green Bay proud today.