Steve Hutchinson (American football)

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Steve Hutchinson
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Hutchinson with the Minnesota Vikings
No. 76, 73
Position: Guard
Personal information
Born: (1977-11-01) November 1, 1977 (age 43)
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:313 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school: Coral Springs
(Coral Springs, Florida)
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2001  / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Career highlights and awards
NFL
College
Career NFL statistics
Games played:169
Games started:169
Player stats at NFL.com  ·  PFR

Steven J. Hutchinson (born November 1, 1977) is an American former professional football player who was a guard for twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Michigan, and was named a unanimous All-American. The Seattle Seahawks picked him in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft, and he also played for the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans. He is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2020. In 2020, Hutchinson joined the Seattle Seahawks front office as a football consultant.

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Early years

Hutchinson was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He attended Coral Springs High School in Coral Springs, Florida, and played high school football for the Coral Springs Colts. He graduated in 1996. In 2007, he was named to FHSAA's All-Century Team that listed the Top 33 football players in the state of Florida's 100-year history of high school football.

College career

While attending the University of Michigan, Hutchinson played for coach Lloyd Carr's Michigan Wolverines football team from 1996 to 2000. During his redshirt year in 1996, he moved from defensive tackle to offensive guard, and earned a starting position on the 1997 Michigan team that won the Associated Press national championship. Hutchinson excelled as a four-year starter, and did not allow a sack during his final two seasons as a Wolverine. He was a two-year team captain, four-year All-Big Ten selection, Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, and a two-time All-American including unanimous first-team All-American honors as a senior in 2000. [1] He also won the Jim Parker Award from the Touchdown Club of Columbus, and was an Outland Trophy finalist.

Professional career

Seattle Seahawks

Drafted in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, Hutchinson spent his first five seasons with Seattle. In March 2006, Hutchinson, a free agent, was designated as Seattle's transition player.

While with the Seahawks, Hutchinson made it to 3 Pro Bowls and earned 3 All-Pro honors. He was also a key lineman who blocked for Shaun Alexander in his 2005 MVP season on the way to the Seahawks appearance in Super Bowl XL, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers 10-21. This would be his final game as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

Minnesota Vikings

Hutchinson blocking B. J. Raji on November 14, 2011. Steve Hutchinson and B.J. Raji.jpg
Hutchinson blocking B. J. Raji on November 14, 2011.

Following the opening of free agency, Hutchinson signed a controversial offer sheet from the Vikings, $49 million over seven years, which was believed to be the richest contract ever offered a guard at the time. The offer sheet, though, contained a poison pill provision that would have guaranteed his entire salary if he was not the highest-paid lineman on the team.

At the time, NFL rules required that if a team signed a player with the transition tag to an offer sheet, the original team had to either match the offer sheet exactly or relinquish their rights to that player. While the tag was not triggered during his time with the Vikings—he was released by the Vikings in March 2012—the Seahawks had recently given tackle Walter Jones a contract richer than the one offered to Hutchinson. Thus, the team would have triggered the "poison pill" clause immediately and would have been forced, by NFL rules, to immediately guarantee Hutchinson's entire salary. Since doing so would have destroyed their salary cap, they could not match the offer. Moreover, since they only used their transition tag, rather than naming Hutchinson a franchise player, they received no compensation from Minnesota for their loss. Seattle retaliated, though, by signing Minnesota wide receiver Nate Burleson to an offer sheet containing a similar ploy. Because of this controversy, the NFL banned the use of "poison pills". [2] Hutchinson played 59 straight games while with the Vikings, not missing a start.

On December 21, 2010, Hutchinson was put on injured reserve by the Vikings. Hutchinson also ended the 2011 NFL Season on injured reserve. [3] During the first 11-years of his NFL career, Hutchinson had started in all 157 games that he had played in. However, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they had released Hutchinson on March 10, 2012. [4] On March 14, 2012, Hutchinson met with the Seattle Seahawks to work out a possible deal with his former team.

Tennessee Titans

On March 15, 2012, Hutchinson signed a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans. [5]

Retirement

On March 11, 2013, Hutchinson announced his retirement. [6] On February 1, 2020, he was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. [7]

Personal

Hutchinson married his high school sweetheart Landyn. The couple have a daughter, Lily, and a son, Luke. Hutchinson keeps a vacation home in Key Largo, Florida. He is an avid hunter and fisherman. Hutchinson and his family now reside in Nashville, TN where his wife has a retail store. [8] His family became close with Vikings legend John Randle's family in Seattle and remain good friends. [9]

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  1. 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  2. Chris Cluff (February 21, 2012). "NFL Free Agency: Seattle Seahawks Should Not Use Franchise Tag on Marshawn Lynch". Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
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  4. Josh Katzowitz (March 10, 2012). "Vikings cut Steve Hutchinson along with Herrera, Griffin". CBSSports.com. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  5. Source: Steve Hutchinson to Titans
  6. "Steve Hutchinson to retire". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-03-13.
  7. [url= https://www.vikings.com/news/steve-hutchinson-pro-football-hall-of-fame-vikings-nfl]
  8. [url= http://www.livingwithlandyn.com]
  9. Vikings Bio