Malcolm Kutner
No. 80
Position:End, defensive back
Personal information
Born:(1921-03-27)March 27, 1921
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Died:June 5, 2005(2005-06-05) (aged 84)
Tyler, Texas, U.S.
Career information
High school:Dallas (TX) Wilson
College:Texas
NFL Draft:1942 / Round: 4 / Pick: 26
(by the Pittsburgh Steelers)[1]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:145
Receiving yards:3,060
Touchdowns:33
Interceptions:13
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Malcolm James "Mal" Kutner (March 27, 1921 – February 4, 2005) was an American football end in the National Football League (NFL).

Early life

Kutner first became involved with football during his young years growing up in Dallas, Texas with the "SMU Midgets", a children's football team that played on the campus of Southern Methodist University. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1938 and in 1990, he was inducted into Wilson's Hall of Fame.[2]

He played college football at the University of Texas (as end, tackle and halfback) where he was an AP All-American in 1941, the first ever Longhorn to earn first-team All-American honors in program history.[3] He was an All-American in football and basketball along with lettering in track, which won two Southwestern Conference titles. The final game of his college career ended with a 71-7 victory over Oregon on December 6, 1941.[4] He was inducted into the University of Texas Men's Athletics Hall of Honor in 1965.[5]

Pro career

He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1942 but elected to serve in the Navy for the duration of World War II, where he served until the end of the war in 1945. He served in the Armed Forces but played football with the 1942 Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks football team. He joined the pros with the Chicago Cardinals for the 1946 season.[6] He caught 27 passes for 634 yards as a rookie for five touchdowns, with his first score being in his first game and first catch on a 59 yard pass vs Detroit. He also recorded five interceptions as a defensive back, three of which came against Green Bay on November 24.[7]

He caught 43 passes for 944 yards and seven touchdowns in 1947 to go with three interceptions. He was an All-Pro selection and he was selected as the NFL's Player of the Year. In the playoffs, he was used as a returner for one play, getting 11 yards while Chicago won 28-21 in the NFL title game over the Philadelphia Eagles. He caught 41 passes for 943 yards and 14 touchdowns in 1948, leading the league in yards and touchdowns. He had his only three-touchdown game on October 17 against the New York Giants, doing so on six catches for 128 yards in the 63-35 victory.[8] He was the last Cardinal to lead the NFL in receiving yards until 1984. In the NFL title game rematch, he caught one pass for 13 yards (one of just three completed catches by Cardinal receivers all day) in the 7-0 loss.[9] The following year, he caught 30 passes for 465 yards for five touchdowns. He played just five games in 1950, recording four total catches to go with three interceptions.[10][11]

He was inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame in 1974 and into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.[12]

Personal life

After leaving the NFL, he became involved in the oil business in Texas, retiring as an executive vice president of C&K Petroleum by 1983. He died in 2005 at the age of 83 after an extended illness. He was survived by his wife and three children.[13]

References

  1. ^ "1942 Pittsburgh Steelers". databaseFootball.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2007. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "Woodrow Alumni Association, Inc. – the Online Home for Woodrow Alums".
  3. ^ https://texassports.com/news/2005/2/4/020405aab_477.aspx
  4. ^ "UTs All Time All-Americans" (PDF).
  5. ^ https://texassports.com/honors/hall-of-honor/malcolm-james-kutner/684/kiosk
  6. ^ ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-26.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)"
  7. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/K/KutnMa20/gamelog/1946/
  8. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/194810170nyg.htm
  9. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/194812190phi.htm
  10. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/K/KutnMa20/gamelog/1950/
  11. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/K/KutnMa20/gamelog/post/
  12. ^ Times Staff (February 9, 2005). "Malcolm Kutner, 83; NFL Player of Year in 1947, All-Pro End". L.A. Times.
  13. ^ https://www.espn.com.au/nfl/news/story?id=1985892