Packers Top Rookie: 1935


Curly Lambeau brought in 10 rookies in 1935 and five would have a significant impact on the team in the coming years. The other five had careers that did not extend beyond one season. In fact, three – Notre Dame end Dom Vairo, Indiana guard Dustin McDonald and Kansas State tackle Buster Maddox all appeared in just one NFL game. Stanford guard Bob O’Connor and Minnesota end Bob Tenner played in seven and 11 games respectively for the Packers in their only NFL season.

Of the five players who would last in Green Bay at least three seasons, Iowa blocking back Herm Schneidman was the most anonymous, but he would serve the Packers through 1939 before finishing his career with the Cardinals in 1940.

Two rookie linemen would later win All-Pro notice in Green Bay, although not in their rookie season. Minnesota center George Svendsen appeared in nine games for the Packers in 1935 and USC tackle Ernie Smith in 12. Smith, a veteran of the Pacific Coast Football League, also scored 14 points placekicking.

Nebraska fullback George Sauer had an excellent rookie season, finishing second on the team to Bob Monnett with 334 yards rushing and scoring 24 points on four touchdowns.

The team’s leading scorer, though, was another rookie: Alabama receiver Don Hutson. Hutson is arguably the greatest receiver ever to play the game and the greatest Packer. While the 18 passes he caught as a first-year man would be a career low, he averaged 23.3 yards per catch and led the NFL with six touchdown receptions. From his first reception of 83 yards for a touchdown against the Bears in week two, Hutson was the team’s star; Don Hutson was the Packers’ top rookie in 1935.

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