Long before Rice, Hutson defined WR

In an era when the passing game was not a major part of offenses, Don Hutson revolutionized the position, setting records and standards for future greats, writes Mike Sando.

Originally Published: March 26, 2008
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

If Jerry Rice redefined the receiver position in the NFL, someone had to have defined it.

Don Hutson was up to the task.

The man credited with inventing pass routes caught 99 touchdown passes in 116 games for the Green Bay Packers from 1935 to 1945. The record stood until Steve Largent caught his 100th and final touchdown pass 44 years later.

Hutson, who died in 1997 at age 84, held 18 NFL records when he retired. He ranked third on ESPN.com's list of all-time ...

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