Michigan football Pro Hall of Fame Inductee No. 2: Bill Hewett (1971)
Bill Hewett was one of the first great players in the early years of the National Football League and was the first player to earn an All-Pro selection for two different franchises — the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles.
Hewett doesn’t have eye-popping stats. He played defensive end and tight end. He also played most of his career without a helmet, adopting one only in the final year of his career after the league mandated that players wear helmets for player safety.
Hewett had five seasons where he ranked in the top 10 of the NFL in terms of receptions. He also had five seasons where he ranked in the top 10 in receiving touchdowns and receiving yards too.
His best season as a pass catcher came in 1936. The former Michigan football great caught 15 passes for 358 yards and six touchdowns (23.9 yards per catch) in addition to his defensive prowess, which is why he was a four-time All-Pro selection.