Originally posted by SanFranAddic:
The competition level would even out some because everybody has to work towards peak performance to stay in the league, but I think he would still be one of the greats.
The competition level is the main knock against Hutson.
Hutson's best years came during World War II, when hundreds of players were drafted and fighting overseas. Hutson wasn't drafted, though, and neither was the Packers' star passer Cecil Isbell. (In fact, the Packers had the fewest players drafted of any team in the league). The Packers were able to feast against a greatly weakened field of competition, and were able to implement a high-flying pass attack that none of the other teams in the league had the talent to implement or defend against.
If you look at receiving stats right after the war ended, you'll see other players like Jim Benton immediately start putting up Hutson-like numbers.