Paul D. Hubbard

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Paul D. Hubbard
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CollegeGallaudet (1892–1895)
Personal information
Career highlights and awards

Paul D. Hubbard (1871–1946) was a deaf American football player who is credited with inventing the modern huddle.[1] He played football at Gallaudet University from 1892 to 1895.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hubbard graduated from the Kansas State School for the Deaf.[3] Hubbard attended the Gallaudet University in 1892. As the quarterback of the team, he invented the huddle.[4]


After his time at Gallaudet, Hubbard returned to Olathe, Kansas as a teacher and coach at the Kansas School for the Deaf. Hubbard initiated the school's football program in 1899.[5] He coached at Kansas School for the Deaf for many years. He eventually relinquished his titled as coach and finished the remainder of his years as a teacher and served as the school's first athletic director. He retired in 1942 after 43 years at the school.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hubbard married in 1901 to Caroline Bownson. They had two hearing children, a son and a daughter. Their daughter, Pauline, died at a young age, and the son went on to attend the Kansas Military Academy.[7]


  1. ^ "Paul Hubbard bio - Gallaudet".
  2. ^ "sports and the deaf (ASL)".
  3. ^ "Deaf Is - Sports - Paul D. Hubbard".
  4. ^ ""Football and the Deaf" American Sign Language (ASL)".
  5. ^[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Paul D. Hubbard (1871 - 1946) - Find A Grave Memorial".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)