Packers Top Rookie: 1929


Gearing up for their first NFL title, the 1929 Packers brought in three future Hall of Fame players — Johnny Blood, Cal Hubbard and Mike Michalske – but they were all proven veterans in the league. Six rookies played with the first Green Bay champions: backs Jack Evans, Don Hill, Dave Zuidmulder and Hurdis McCrary, guard Billy Young and tackle Bill Kern.

Evans from Cal, Hill from Stanford, Zuidmulder from Georgetown and St. Ambrose and Young from Ohio State all appeared in no more than three games, and only Zuidmulder played beyond 1929.

The two rookies of significance were McCrary and Kern. McCrary was a halfback who scored four touchdowns in 1929 and eight more in his five-year career in Green Bay as a regular contributor. Kern, who played under Jock Sutherland at Pitt, spent only two years in Green Bay before going into college coaching, but moved right into the starting lineup as a 187-pound tackle in his first year; Bill Kern was the Packers’ top rookie in 1929.

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