During this time where students and teachers are learning and teaching from home, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will once again offer its highly popular Heart of a Hall of Famer series, powered by Extreme Networks, on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 12:00PM ET with Gold Jacket and Class of 2020 Inductee Steve Hutchinson. The program provides students the opportunity to learn first-hand what it took beyond athletic ability to achieve success on and off the field.
Steve Hutchinson, a 6’4”, 315-pound guard out of Michigan, was drafted in the first round (17th player overall) of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He started all 16 games at left guard during his rookie season and cleared the path for running back Shaun Alexander to rush for 1,318 yards and 14 touchdowns. Hutchinson’s efforts earned him All-Rookie honors. He paved the way for Alexander to earn the Associated Press’ NFL MVP honors in 2005 after rushing for a team-record 1,880 yards and setting an NFL record with 28 touchdowns (27 rushing). The Seahawks total offense ranked second in the NFL and the team made its first-ever Super Bowl appearance.
The Minnesota Vikings signed the All-Pro guard as a transition-tag free agent in 2006. He made an immediate impact in his new surroundings. In 2008, he led the way for Adrian Peterson to set a then-franchise record for rushing yards in a season (1,760) and become the first Vikings player to win a league rushing title. In all, Hutchinson earned seven straight Pro Bowl berths (2004-2010) and was a first-team All-Pro selection six times (2003, 2005-2009). He was named All-NFC six times (2003-07, 2009) and is a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
We will be streaming the program LIVE on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Facebook page and will take questions from students throughout the program. To participate, all you will need to do is:
Visit www.facebook.com/ProFootballHOF at 12:00PM ET on April 8th to view the program
To ask a question, comment on the post with the following information:
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out! Contact us at 330-588-3558 or by email at Jacob.Ray@ProFootballHOF.com