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February 19, 1935

Alabama end Don Hutson signs with the Packers. One week shy of seven years later, Hutson would win the NFL’s 1942 Most Valuable Player award, and he would win his second NFL MVP the following season.

The Packers were somewhat lucky to get Hutson, because he apparently signed two contracts, one with the Packers and another with the Dodgers. League president Joe Carr awarded Hutson to the Packers based on the postmarked times on the packages containing the contracts mailed in by both clubs.

Hutson would go on to lead the NFL in receptions eight times, receiving yards seven times, and scoring five times. He was named all-pro nine times. The forerunner of the modern-day receiver, Hutson revolutionized the position of end in football. His 17 touchdown catches in 1942 stood as the league’s single-season record for 42 years, broken by Miami’s Mark Clayton in 1984. Hutson retired in 1945 with 99 career TD receptions, an NFL record that stood for 44 years before Steve Largent got to 100 in 1989.

Hutson would eventually become the first Packers player to have his number retired (14), as he was handed his jersey in a halftime ceremony in 1951. He became a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
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