1935 IN REVIEW
The Packers signed Don Hutson out of Alabama, giving the Packers one of the most feared receivers in NFL history. In a highly competitive Western Division the Packers post an 8-4 record, finishing
2nd among 4 teams with winning records. The Packers also held another stock sale, which raised $15,000 after the corporation had gone into receivership. At that point, the nonprofit Green Bay Football
Corporation was reorganized as the Green Bay Packers, Inc., the present company, with 300 shares of stock outstanding.
DON HUSTON: A BROOKLYN DODGER?
After Don Hutson caught six passes for 164 yards to help Alabama upset Stanford in the Rose Bowl 29-13, Don Hutson was a hot commodity. At the time, there was no NFL Draft which meant Hutson
was free to negotiate with whatever team he wanted. “The Bears offered me $75 a game. I remember that George Halas wrote me a two-page letter about what a privilege it was to play for the Bears.”
Eventually, the bidding narrowed down to the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Packers. Hutson signed contracts with both but the Green Bay contract arrived in league headquarters first. “They gave me $300 a
game,” says Hutson, “so for 11 games that means I got $3,300. Nobody in Green Bay had ever been paid that much. Finally, at the end, when I had been all-pro for nine years in a row, I was up to $15,000
a year.” Had it not been for a unique decision by NFL President Joe Carr, Hutson might have become a Dodger. Carr ruled the contract with the earliest postmark would be honored. The Packers' contract
was postmarked 8:30 a.m., 17 minutes earlier than the Dodgers' pact. Thus Hutson became a Packer. His first touchdown came on an 83-yard pass from Arnie Herber in just his second game as a Packer.
He wound up with 99 career touchdown receptions, a record that stood for more than four decades. When Hutson retired in 1945 after 11 superb seasons, he held 18 NFL records, including 488 career
receptions. That was 200 more than his closest competitor. Hutson invented modern pass receiving. He created Z-outs, buttonhooks, hook-and-gos, and a whole catalog of moves and fakes. Hutson was a
60-minute player who spent most of his career as a very fine safety on defense. In his final six seasons, he swiped 30 opposing quarterbacks’ passes. SOURCE: NFL Hall of Fame Website