SEC Football history: 50 best players of all time

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Don Hutson, Alabama football
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15. Best SEC football players of all time: Don Hutson, Alabama football

It has been almost 90 years since Don Hutson suited up for the Alabama Crimson Tide, but he left a legacy at the school that puts him our No. 15-ranked player in the history of SEC Football. In fact, you could say that Hutson revolutionized the game playing for Alabama, as he became a true wide receiver hauling in passes from Dixie Howell.

Hutson played for the Crimson Tide from 1932 through the 1934 college football season and proved to be a gifted athlete with an incredible burst. He would torment the opposition, who had no real answer for stopping him, and if the Heisman Trophy had been around back then, he would have been the favorite to win it.

During his time with the school, he played opposite Bear Bryant, who would go on to be the most legendary head coach in school history before Nick Saban’s arrival. For Hutson, he played a huge role in the Tide’s 1934 national championship, earning All-SEC honors, while being named a unanimous All-American.

Hutson capped off his collegiate career with a monster game in the 1935 Rose Bowl, hauling in six passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. He would go on to play many years in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, winning a bunch of championships, and getting his No. 14 retired by the franchise. He was an unbelievable pro but was an all-time great when it comes to SEC Football.