Is Don Hutson the Best Wide Receiver Ever?: Although new NFL Hall of Fame inductee Jerry Rice is widely considered the best wide receiver ever, the honor should go to fellow famer Don Hutson of the Green Bay Packers, argues Kerry Byrne of ColdHardFootballFacts.Com. In a no-passing era, Hutson improved the single season reception record from 22 to 74 in 1942, more than doubled the career receptions record to 488 and lead the league in receiving yards seven times in his 11 seasons. "When Huston joined the NFL, no player had produced more than 350 receiving yards in a season. He topped that mark in all 11 seasons of his career," Byrne writes. "[T]ruly Ruthian numbers."