Team(s): Green Bay Packers
Years played: 1935-1945
Career stats: 4x Pro Bowl selection, 7,991 receiving yards, 99 TDs
Don Hutson is often referred to as the first modern receiver in the NFL because of the astounding receiving numbers he posted in an era that favored the ground game. Hutson only played 10-12 games per season and had to deal with bogus pass interference rules, yet still led the Green Bay Packers to success over the air, and is often credited with inventing the idea of passing routes. When he retired in 1945, Hutson held every major receiving record in the books.
While they would all eventually be broken, Hutson's relative dominance makes him a serious candidate for one of the all-time best receivers.