Hinkle at Pro Football Hall of Fame induction
|Position:||Fullback, linebacker, defensive back|
|Date of birth:||April 10, 1909|
|Place of birth:||Toronto, Ohio|
|Date of death:||November 9, 1988(aged 79)|
|Place of death:||Steubenville, Ohio|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||202 lb (92 kg)|
|High school:||Toronto (OH)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
William Clarke Hinkle (April 10, 1909 – November 9, 1988) was an American football player who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Green Bay Packers. He played fullback and linebacker from 1932 to 1941. At the time of his retirement, he was the NFL's all-time leader in rushing yards. Hinkle played college football at Bucknell University. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Early life and college career
William Clarke Hinkle was born in Toronto, Ohio and attended Toronto High School. He played college football for Bucknell University, where he set several records for the Bucknell Bison football team. He scored eight touchdowns in a game against Dickinson in 1929 and finished the season with 21 touchdowns. He had 37 touchdowns over his career at Bucknell from 1929 to 1931. In 1931 he led the team to a 6–0–3 win-loss record. Hinkle's coach at Bucknell, Carl Snavely, called him: "Without a doubt, the greatest defensive back I have ever seen or coached." Snavely had seen and coached many of the nation's best.
When Hinkle left Bucknell he chose to sign with the Green Bay Packers, playing mainly fullback on offense. In the early years of Hinkle's career, he was compared to his counterpart on the rival Chicago Bears, Bronko Nagurski. Hinkle once hit Nagurski so hard that Nagurski suffered two cracked ribs and a broken nose. Hinkle played for the Packers for his entire ten-year career, during which he was the Packers' top runner. Combined with a passing attack that featured receiver Don Hutson and quarterback Arnie Herber, Hinkle helped the Packers to NFL titles in 1936 and 1939. When he retired, Hinkle was the NFL's all-time leading rusher with 3,850 career yards. He surpassed the old record of 3,511 yards held by Cliff Battles. Hinkle's record stood until 1949 when it was broken by Steve Van Buren.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971, and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1972. In 1997, the Packers' west practice field across Oneida Street from Lambeau Field was dedicated Clarke Hinkle Field. He is on the NFL 1930s All-Decade Team.
- "W. Clarke Hinkle Biography". bucknellbison.com. Bucknell University. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
- College Football Hall of Fame bio
- "Clarke Hinkle - Class of 1964". packers.com. Green Bay Packers. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
- "Clarke Hinkle Bio". profootballhof.com. Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
- Cain, Charles (October 4, 1949). "Steve Van Buren Mr. Football as Eagles Tip Lions". The Owosso Argus-Press. Associated Press. p. 8. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
- "Obituary - Clarke Hinkle, 79, Former Football Star". New York Times. Associated Press. November 11, 1988. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
|NFL career rushing yards leader
1941 – 1949
Steve Van Buren