|Don Hutson. Colorization by John Turney|
Though much has been written about this all-time great receiver, in this article, for the first time, you will read his accurate receiving stats and his production against divisional opponents. Steve Sabol is quoted with describing players with "the acid test of greatness"(seeing the player perform in front of your own eyes). During 1964 at Sycamore Junior High school in Anaheim, California I was fortunate to hear stories from Woody Fries (teammate of Hutson in '43) the football coach and physical education teacher.
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The criteria for measuring Don Hutson against all who came after him is as follows: the receiver must have over 1,000 yards receiving, and at least 15 touchdown receptions against divisional opponents. Hutson against his four divisional rivals is as follows: Lions (1,395 yards and 16 touchdowns), Rams (1,264 yards and 18 touchdowns),
Five times Hutson took the field against the Brooklyn Dodgers football team and in every game against this non-divisional opponent, he caught a touchdown pass; as he snared 26 passes for 623 yards for 7 scores. The 1942 Chicago Bears were an undefeated juggernaut in winning eleven games. The Bears allowed only 1,179 yards and 7 touchdown passes all season. Hutson caught 18 passes for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns in his two games against Chicago
Film study shows him usually as the left end, usually split, yet sometimes flexed or even closed. The "Alabama antelope" would explode out of his frog-like stance and dart down the field on his route. Though he would fake, and