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During Paul “Bear” Bryant’s playing career at Alabama, he was a receiver in the shadow of one of the greatest pass-catchers to ever play the game—Don Hutson.
According to ESPN’s David Whitley, Bryant had some high praise for his former running mate.
"Don had the most fluid motion you had ever seen when he was running," Bryant said. "It looked like he was going just as fast as possible when all of a sudden he would put on an extra burst of speed and be gone."
After capturing a national title in his final college season in 1934, the “Alabama Antelope” went on to a storied pro career with the Green Bay Packers.
Widely considered a receiver who was ahead of his time, Hutson went on to become a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the 1963 class after an 11-year career that saw him earn four trips to the Pro Bowl and help the Packers win three titles in that span.
According to NFL.com, Hutson racked up nearly 8,000 yards receiving and caught 99 touchdowns in his career.