Interesting Facts About All-Time Great Don Hutson


Don Hutson came into the National Football League in 1935 and made a huge impact on the entire game of football. He is generally regarded as the first modern wide receiver, as before his arrival the forward pass was not used as a regular part of most team’s offenses. His small size made some teams think that he would not be able to handle a full season in the league, but his precise route running and amazing athletic ability proved otherwise. Here are some interesting facts about the Green Bay Packers‘ amazing Don Hutson.

-Though he retired in 1945, at the time of his death in 1997, Don Hutson still held a number of NFL records including most seasons leading the league in receptions (8), most consecutive seasons leading the league in receptions (5), most seasons leading the league in receiving yards (7), most consecutive seasons leading the league in receiving yards (4), most seasons leading the league in touchdown receptions (9), most consecutive seasons leading the league in touchdown receptions (5), most seasons leading the league in scoring (5), and most consecutive seasons leading the league in scoring (5).

-Though Don Hutson only completed one of the 11 passes he attempted during his career, it did end up going for a touchdown.

-The first time Don Hutson touched the ball in the NFL was an 83 yard touchdown reception thrown to him by Packers quarterback Arnie Herber. This would go down as the longest play from scrimmage that season (1935).

-Don Hutson was named to eight consecutive first team All Pro teams from 1938 to 1945.

-Don Hutson, known mainly as an offensive player, led the NFL in interceptions in 1940 and interception return yards in 1943.

-Don Hutson scored more touchdowns against the Chicago Cardinals than any other team in the league.

-The Green Bay Packers won the NFL title three times during Don Hutson’s 11 years with the team, in 1936, 1939, and 1944.

-The most touchdowns Don Hutson ever scored in one game was four. He did this in an October 1957 victory over the Detroit Lions.

-Don Hutson was named the Most Valuable Player of the National Football League in 1941 and 1942.

-During his career, Don Hutson had 24 one hundred yard games.

-Don Hutson led the entire NFL in number of receptions eight times during his 11 year career.

-Don Hutson was the first player to ever catch more than 50 passes in one season.

-Don Hutson was the first player to ever gain more than 1,000 receiving yards in one season.

-Don Hutson led the NFL in receiving yards seven times during his 11 year career.

-Though widely known as the NFL’s first star wide receiver, Don Hutson also returned three interceptions for touchdowns during his career too.

-Don Hutson also served as the Green Bay Packers kicker for most of his career and would lead the league in extra points made three times, and in field goals made once.

-Don Hutson led the NFL in receiving touchdowns nine times during his NFL career.

-Don Hutson’s number 14 was the first jersey number retired by the Green Bay Packers.

-Don Hutson tossed the ceremonial coin before Super Bowl XXII.

-Don Hutson led the NFL in receiving yards per game in eight of the 11 seasons he played in.

-Don Hutson played the position of end while in college at the University of Alabama, his teammate who would also line up as end on the other side of the formation was future Crimson Tide head coach and NCAA legend, Paul “Bear” Bryant.

-Don Hutson led the NFL in extra points attempted and made in 1941, 1942, and 1945.

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