After a one-year exile to Pittsburgh, dynamic Johnny Blood and massive Cal Hubbard returned to Green Bay in 1935. That and a sterling rookie crop, including end Don Hutson, center George Svendsen, tackle Ernie Smith and halfback George Sauer, revitalized the sagging Packers to a second place finish in the West. Allowing the fewest points in the league, while finishing third in scoring nearly drove the team to the title in a conference in which all four teams finished with winning records. Had the Packers either beaten the Lions or Cardinals in November on their season-closing four-game road trip, they would have had the top record in the West.
Curly Lambeau had his team play four preseason games in ’35, up from the usual one, and the Pack beat four local semi-pro outfits by a combined 145-0. In the opener against the Cardinals, a missed extra point by Bob Monnett cost the team a tie. Ace rookie Don Hutson played sparsely in that contest but made his name known on the first offensive play the next week against the Bears by catching an 83-yard touchdown pass from Arnie Herber for the game’s only score. Overall, Green Bay was 4-0 against teams from the East and 4-4 against the West. They were 3-0 against losing teams and 5-4 against winners, 3-2 on the road and 5-2 at home (4-1 in Green Bay and 1-1 in Milwaukee).
Again, Arnie Herber led the Packers in passing with 729 yards and eight TD passes. Bob Monnett was second with 354 yards in the air and led the team with 336 yards rushing and a 4.9 average. Freshman halfback George Sauer was second with 334 yards on the ground and second in points with 24. The receivers were led by Blood with 25 catches for 404 yards and three touchdowns and Hutson with 18 grabs for 420 yards and six scores. Milt Gantenbein added 12 receptions at the other end. Hutson led in scoring with 43 points, and Blood tied Sauer with 24 points as well. Hank Bruder and Sauer tied for the team lead with three interceptions a piece.
With the return to top-notch football, Green Bay was well-represented on the All-Pro teams in ‘35. Herber, Sauer, Clarke Hinkle, Mike Michalske and tackle Ade Schwammell all earned first team honors, while Hutson center Nate Barragar and guard Lon Evans received second team notice. Sporting bright new green and gold uniforms, things were looking up for the future.
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