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Steve Hutchinson (American football)

Steve Hutchinson
No. 73, 76
Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1977-11-01) November 1, 1977
Place of birth: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 313 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school: Coral Springs (FL)
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Debuted in 2001 for the Seattle Seahawks
Last played in 2012 for the Tennessee Titans
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played 169
Games started 169
Fumbles recovered 5
Stats at
Stats at

Steven J. Hutchinson (born November 1, 1977) is a former American football guard who played twelve seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Michigan, and was named a unanimous All-American. The Seattle Seahawks picked him in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft, and he also played for the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans. He is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection.

Early years

Hutchinson was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He attended Coral Springs High School in Coral Springs, Florida, and played high school football for the Coral Springs Colts. He graduated in 1996. In 2007, he was named to FHSAA's All-Century Team that listed the Top 33 football players in the state of Florida's 100-year history of high school football.

College career

While attending the University of Michigan, Hutchinson played for coach Lloyd Carr's Michigan Wolverines football team from 1996 to 2000. During his redshirt year in 1996, he moved from defensive tackle to offensive guard, and earned a starting position on the 1997 Michigan team that won the Associated Press national championship. Hutchinson excelled as a four-year starter, and did not allow a sack during his final two seasons as a Wolverine. He was a two-year team captain, four-year All-Big Ten selection, Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year, and a two-time All-American—including unanimous first-team All-American honors as a senior in 2000.[1] He also won the Jim Parker Award from the Touchdown Club of Columbus, and was an Outland Trophy finalist.

Professional career

Seattle Seahawks

Drafted in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, Hutchinson spent his first five seasons with that team. In March 2006, Hutchinson, a free agent, was designated as Seattle's transition player.

Minnesota Vikings

Steve Hutchinson blocking B. J. Raji on November 14, 2011.

Hutchinson, then signed a controversial offer sheet from the Vikings, for $49 million over seven years, believed to be the richest contract ever offered a guard at the time. The offer sheet, though, contained a poison pill provision that would have guaranteed his entire salary if he was not the highest-paid lineman on the team.

NFL rules require that when a team uses its transition tag on a player, they must either exactly match a competing offer sheet or relinquish their rights to that player. While the tag is unlikely to be triggered during his time with the Vikings (which means he is unlikely to see the entire $49 million), the Seahawks had recently given tackle Walter Jones a contract richer than the one offered to Hutchinson. Thus, they would have triggered the "poison pill" clause immediately, and would have been forced, by NFL rules, to guarantee Hutchinson's entire salary. Since doing so would have destroyed their salary cap, they could not match the offer. Moreover, since they only used their transition tag, rather than naming Hutchinson a franchise player, they received no compensation from Minnesota for their loss. Seattle retaliated, though, by signing Minnesota wide receiver Nate Burleson to an offer sheet containing a similar ploy. Because of this controversy, the NFL banned the use of "poison pills".[2] Hutchinson played 48 straight games while with the Vikings, not missing one start.

On December 21, 2010 Hutchinson was put on injured reserve by the Vikings. Hutchinson also ended the 2011 NFL Season on injured reserve.[3] During the first 11-years of his NFL career, Hutchinson had started in all 157 games that he's played in. However, the Minnesota Vikings announced that they had released Hutchinson on March 10, 2012. [4] On March 14, 2012, Steve Hutchinson met with the Seattle Seahawks, to work out a possible deal with his former team.

Tennessee Titans

On March 15, 2012, Hutchinson signed a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans.[5]


On March 11, 2013, Hutchinson announced his retirement.[6]


Hutchinson married his high school sweetheart Landyn. The couple have a daughter, Lily, and a son, Luke. He keeps a vacation home in Key Largo, Florida. He is an avid hunter and fisherman. Hutchinson finds himself at home on many of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes. His family became close with Vikings legend John Randle's family in Seattle and remain good friends.[7]


  1. ^ 2011 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, p. 11 (2011). Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  2. ^ Chris Cluff (February 21, 2012). "NFL Free Agency: Seattle Seahawks Should Not Use Franchise Tag on Marshawn Lynch". Bleacher Report. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Kevin Seifer (February 21, 2012). "BBAO: Steve Hutchinson's future". ESPN. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ Josh Katzowitz (March 10, 2012). "Vikings cut Steve Hutchinson along with Herrera, Griffin". Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Source: Steve Hutchinson to Titans
  6. ^ "Steve Hutchinson to retire". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  7. ^ Vikings Bio

External links

  • profile
  • University of Michigan profile
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