Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Clarke Hinkle

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the Pillars are two coaches from Green Bay, Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi.  In Pillars, we describe some of the key players  for these great coaches and we'd  thought we'd reproduce some of that for our posts. 

Clarke Hinkle

Clarke Hinkle lit things up for the Packers on both offense and defense.  When the Hall of Famer hit someone from his linebacker position, it was explosive.  He was also a leading rusher in a number of categories.  He played 10 memorable seasons for the Packers.  

 Hinkle was valuable to the Packers in so many ways and he played a large role in the ongoing rivalry between the Packers and the Bears.  Although Hinkle was smaller than the Bears fullback/linebacker sensation Bronko Nagurski, he was every bit as aggressive and gutsy.  In a famous Nagurski versus Hinkle episode in 1934, Hinkle was carrying the ball and being run out of bounds by the oncoming Nagurski.  Just as Nagurski was about to smash Hinkle across the sideline, Hinkle turned to hit Nagurski with everything he had.  Nagurski was laid out on the field with a broken nose and cracked rib.  Despite a continuous clash of these titans, they would develop a lasting friendship over the years.  It would be Nagurski who would present Hinkle for his Hall of Fame induction.  The Packers 10–3–1 record for 1932 would leave them just shy of yet another title.  

Pillars of the NFL is the only book that includes the complete history of the NFL top ten coaches.  Everyone who loves NFL history will enjoy this great book. 


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