Professional athletes can be the superstitious type, but there’s no question that the number 335 could be Steve Hutchinson’s favorite number.
Hutchinson, who played as an attacking goalkeeper, will enter the Professional Football Hall of Fame on August 7 as a member of the 2020 class.
Michigan’s 6-foot-4, 315-pound 2001 first-round pick will become the 335th player in the Hall after receiving the infamous knock on his hotel door at 3:35 p.m. on February 1, 2020.
“My daughter actually pointed it out during that hour and 35 minutes that I was walking around the room waiting for a hit or something to end the anxiety,” Hutchinson said. “You can see it online and it shows the climax.
“As soon as you get that hit, it looks like the movies. Every memory you had as a kid and from high school, college and even Pop Warner, everything in that moment brought you back through that wormhole to realize how far you’ve come and all that. you made. It was a soothing and satisfying feeling.
Hutchinson may have worked in the dark due to the fact that the guards don’t get a lot of love, but he was quite the reason his team – and especially their running backs – were so successful. .
A superstar who has racked up just nine detention penalties in his career and one that spanned three seasons without a detention penalty, Hutchinson, 43, allowed Shaun Alexander to rush for 1,318 yards and 14 touchdowns for Seattle Seahawks in 2001.
After missing much of 2002, he started 123 games and won the first of six All-Pro caps in 2003.
He was at the forefront of Alexander winning NFL MVP honors in 2005 when he paved the way for a team record 1,880 yards and an NFL record 28 touchdowns for the ball carrier. Seattle reached Super Bowl XL that season.
“It was special,” Hutchinson said. “An offensive lineman doesn’t really have any stats to himself, so every time you get that rushing record or a touchdown record like that, it’s pretty big for us too. “
It didn’t end in Seattle as Hutchinson went to the Minnesota Vikings and helped Adrian Peterson set a team record at the time for the race (1,760), while also helping Peterson win a title. on the ground.
Hutchinson was named to the 2000s NFL squad and was drafted to the Pro Bowl from 2004 to 2010. He was also named six times to the All-NFC squad (2003-07, 2009).