Number nine on the NFL Network’s “Top 100” is Don Hutson. Hutson was a wide receiver out of Alabama who played for the Green Bay Packers. As many players in our top positions did, Hutson changed the game of pro football by purifying the position of wide receiver. Don Hutson played 11 seasons for the Packers starting in 1935, covering 116 games.
Hutson had moves and he had a lot of speed. He developed pass routes such as the buttonhooks, hook-and-go and “Z-outs.” He was a hard worker, and frankly there were no players who could cover him.
Don Hutson’s career statistics consisted of 488 catches for 7, 991 yards and 99 touchdowns. Further, he scored 811 points. He was an extra-point kicker and played defensive back and safety and picked off 30 passes. This type of playing both ways occurred when there was no free substitution.
Hutson received no fan ranking, no doubt due to the era in which he played. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963.
Of interest to me is the fact that Hutson’s record of 99 touchdown catches wasn’t broken for 44 years. When it was, it was broken by a golden player from the Seattle Seahawks named Steve Largent, who was an incredible receiver yet he was not in the NFL Network’s “Top 100.” Who said life was fair?
Peyton Manning has captured the eighth spot on the NFL Network’s “Top 100.” Manning is the son of Archie Manning, who spawned two pro starting quarterbacks — Peyton and Eli, who plays for the Giants. Peyton plays for the Colts.
Peyton Manning has smashed record books. He has played in 192 straight games since he came into the league. He is a hard worker and has been so for his 12 seasons coming into the league in 1998. He was drafted number one in the first round. Manning will be in the Hall of Fame.
You can tout stats all you want to. For example, Manning is the only four-time League MVP. However, what makes Manning special to me (and remember his Colts beat my Bears in the 2006 Super Bowl) can be summed up when the Giants beat the undefeated Patriots. When Manning’s brother Eli completed an incredible pass, Peyton’s intensity and care made him special in my book. The television cameras caught him throwing a fist in the air. You could see how happy he was not for himself, but for his brother.
I love character. Can we take something away from a comparison of Payton and Peyton?
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