John Dutton (defensive lineman)
|Date of birth:||February 6, 1951|
|Place of birth:||Rapid City, South Dakota, United States|
|NFL Draft:||1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5|
Career highlights and awards
|Pro Bowls:||1975, 1976, 1977|
|Playing stats at|
John Owen Dutton (born February 6, 1951 in Rapid City, South Dakota) is a former professional football player, a defensive lineman in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts and Dallas Cowboys. He played 14 seasons, from 1974-87.
In 1971, as an alternate starter, he was part of the 1971 national championship team. Dutton participated in the 1971 Nebraska-Oklahoma game, also called the "Game of the Century", generally considered as one of the greatest college football games ever played.
As a senior in 1973 under new head coach Tom Osborne, he earned All-America and All-Big 8 honors, finishing fourth on the team with 63 tackles. In the 1974 Cotton Bowl in Dallas against the University of Texas Longhorns, Dutton and the Blackshirts held the Longhorns to one field goal and 196 total yards. It was the Huskers' fifth bowl victory in as many seasons.
In 1981, he was inducted into the Nebraska football Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.
In 1975 as a defensive end and member of the "Sack Pack", he led the Colts in sacks with a career-high 17 and was named to the first of three straight Pro Bowls 1975–77, becoming one of the most dominant defensive lineman in the NFL.
In October 1979, a contract dispute forced the Colts to trade him to the Dallas Cowboys. Because of the retirement of Jethro Pugh and the desire of Ed "Too Tall" Jones to become a professional boxer, the Cowboys traded the first and second round picks in the 1980 NFL Draft.
When Jones returned in 1980, Dutton moved to defensive tackle alongside Randy White, establishing a formidable defensive line that also included Harvey Martin. He was part of the 1985 defensive unit that holds the Cowboys’ single-season sack record (62).
During his 9 years in Dallas, he helped the Cowboys reach the NFC title game three straight years (1980, 1981 and 1982). He may have been the best Cowboys defensive lineman to have never won a Super Bowl ring.
After his career in the NFL, former Husker Dutton retired to Lincoln, Nebraska. He became involved in businesses and for a short time owned and operated Dutton's Den, an off-sale liquor store and restaurant.
- Zimmerman, Paul. "No One's Got The Dutton," Sports Illustrated, October 8, 1979.
- John Dutton Nebraska Hall of Fame profile
- John Dutton South Dakota Hall of Fame profile
- Klingaman, Mike. "Catching Up With...former Colt John Dutton," The Toy Department (The Baltimore Sun sports blog), Tuesday, November 3, 2009.