The 25 Best CFB Players in SEC History

23. Don Hutson — Alabama (1932-34)

There’s a real chance you’ve never heard of Don Hutson before. However, make no mistake about it…the receiver out of Alabama (by way of Arkansas) was a trailblazer at his position. Hutson was an inventive player in the way that he got open. Rarely was the receiver position looked upon as a source of big-play ability. This changed with Hutson, as he routinely made defensive backs look foolish. Hutson ran routes that many had not seen before. His penchant for getting open led to many future players/teams adopting his methods of pass-catching. Under Bear Bryant’s tutelage, Hutson became a First Team All-American.

As a professional, Hutson starred for the Green Bay Packers. He led the NFL in receptions on eight separate occasions. Duly, he made eight First Team All-Pro teams. Hutson led the NFL in touchdown grabs an astounding nine times, and helped his team win three NFL Championships (before the Super Bowl was officially ‘a thing’). Without question, Hutson is an all-timer as it pertains to the receiver position.

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