The 1924 Packers only employed three rookies, and two of them had attended Marquette, but neither Hilltopper lasted more than one season. End Wilfred “Dukes” Duford appeared in three games, while back Les Hearden played in just two. Hearden was the brother of Tom Hearden who played for the Packers three years later before launching a long, successful coaching career that included serving as an assistant coach for the Packers in 1954 and 1955.
The third rookie on the team, though, was a real find – Verne Lewellen, a triple-threat tailback from Nebraska. Lewellen earned a reputation as one of the league’s top punters and scorers during his nine-year career in Green Bay. When the four-time All-Pro retired following the 1932 season, his 51 touchdowns were the most in NFL history. He had passed Paddy Driscoll in 1929 and held the league record until 1941, when Don Hutson passed him. Lewellen scored his first two touchdowns in 1924 and appeared in eight games for Green Bay; Verne Lewellen was the Packers’ top rookie in 1924.
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