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'Legends' Wallpaper Series Continues With Hutson, Wood


In celebration of the renovated and rededicated Lambeau Field, this season is offering a new desktop wallpaper series that pays tribute to the Packers' storied past.

The Legends of the Green and Gold series depicts some of the renowned individuals from team history, all of whom helped to make the Packers one of the greatest franchises in all of professional sports.

Having already released free wallpapers of Tony Canadeo, Johnny "Blood" McNally and Bart Starr, among others, this week the series continues with tributes to Don Hutson and Willie Wood.

In future weeks, the series will include wallpapers of greats such as Clarke Hinkle and Ray Nitschke, along with Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi and the rest of the Green Bay Packers enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The following is a closer look at this week's legends:

Don Hutson --

Credited with inventing pass patterns, Don Hutson holds the record for fourth-most touchdown receptions in pro football history (99), an NFL record until broken by Steve Largent and subsequently surpassed by Jerry Rice and Cris Carter.

Hutson led the league in receiving eight seasons and in scoring five times, in addition to taking on defensive back and placekicking duties for the Packers.

Named to the NFL's All-50 Year Team in 1970, Hutson was later selected to the league's 75th Anniversary and All-Time Two-Way teams in 1994.

The former Alabama Crimson Tide receiver still holds the league record for most points scored in one quarter (29).

July 18, 1994, the Packers honored the four-time Pro Bowler by naming their state-of-the-art indoor practice facility in his honor.

Born Jan. 31, 1913, in Pine Bluff, Ark., Hutson died June 26, 1997, at the age of 84.

Willie Wood --

One of only six non-drafted free agents to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Willie Wood sent postcards to several NFL teams asking for tryouts coming out of USC in 1960.

A quarterback in college, Wood went on to become recognized as a premier free safety, winning all-NFL honors six straight years beginning in 1963.

A Pro Bowl selection eight times, Wood also played in six NFL championship games, helping the Packers win five titles.

Starting at free safety for Green Bay in Super Bowls I and II, Wood broke open a close contest in the third quarter of Super Bowl I, intercepting a Len Dawson pass and returning it 50 yards to the Chiefs' 5-yard line.

In 1961, Wood captured the league punt-return crown with a 16.1-yard average, later adding the league interception title in 1962 with nine thefts on his way to 48 career interceptions.

Born Dec. 23, 1936, Willie Wood is a native of Washington, D.C.

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