Originally posted by sdaddy101269:
This may sound like a racial comment but Hutson didn't play against any Black corners and the league wasn't intergrated back then so I have a HARD time believing he was the greatest!
Well, you could formulate the question differently, which would skew the argument even further to Jerrys favor IMO:
Did Don Hutson play against any decent corner or DB, regardless of race?
That is kinda hard to answer, but I think this info should be a good starting point:
From Jerry Rice´s playings days, there are at least three DBs
who are also in the Hall of Fame: Darell Green, Rod Woodson, Ronnie Lott
. Technically you could even count Mike Haynes
, although he was in the twilight of his career when Jerry entered the league. Yes, Ronnie Lott only played against Rice in practice, but that still means there were some of the best Defensive Backs of all time in the league at the same time as Jerry Rice, so he had some truly elite company to compete against.
That does not even account for the fact that arguably the best cover corner of all time, Deion Sanders, who played in the same era, is not even enshrined yet!
(btw. shouldn´t Deion be eligible sometime soon now?)
Now compare the DBs from the Don Hutson era: …uhm…*cricket*…nope
. The earliest CB enshrinee, Dick "Night Train" Lane, started playing seven
years after Hutson retired.
As I said before, this is only a starting point and the question is kinda hard to answer. Don Hutson surely is the most influential
receiver, because he kinda invented the position and I also think he gets a bit overlooked in the discussion of great receivers, but in my mind, Jerry Rice is the best WR of all time, period.
And yes, that means I believe Peter King is full of it
[ Edited by NoOffseason on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:18:18 ]