Cal Hubbard was one of the largest, quickest and most agile linemen of his day. At 6’5” and 250 pounds, Hubbard was a devastating blocker and was often double teamed on defense, where he relentlessly pursued ball carriers.
Hubbard, from Centenary and Geneva Colleges, made his reputation in pro football with the New York Giants in 1927. Their defense allowed just 20 points all season.
Hubbard came to the Green Bay Packers in 1929. He quickly earned the admiration of teammates and the respect of players on other teams in his role as the so-called ‘policeman.’ The even-tempered Hubbard made certain opponents didn’t get away with dirty hits.
Hubbard was a member of the Packers from 1929 to ‘33 and again in 1935. He finished his career in 1936 playing parts of that season with the Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In addition to his pro football career, Hubbard chose to work his way up the baseball ladder as an umpire. After toiling in the minor league for eight seasons, he became an American League umpire in 1935. For 17 seasons he was known as ‘the walking rule book.’
Hubbard is the only Packer who has been elected to both the Baseball and Pro Football Halls of Fame. He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
An All-NFL player from 1928-33, Hubbard was chosen the NFL’s all-time offensive tackle on the 50th anniversary team in 1969.
He was elected as a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
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