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Don Hutson was the NFL’s first superstar receiver

The man who wrote the book on being a star wide receiver hasn’t had one written about him. Search Amazon.com for a book on Don Hutson, and you’ll come up like the defenders who tried to cover him — empty.

Hutson was the first great wide receiver in NFL history, a revolutionary player whose unique ability forecast the future of pro football. Hutson, who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1935-45, is the forebearer to Raymond Berry, Lance Alworth, Steve Largent, Jerry Rice, and anyone else in the pantheon of pro football pass catchers.

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