Billy Howton

Chad Burkholder
Packers Hall of Fame

Inducted 1974

The streak many defenders saw pass by them on autumn afternoons in the 1950s was Billy Howton. The former Rice University speedster burst onto the NFL scene in 1952 snaring 53 passes.

The 6’2”, 195-pound Howton was the leading Packer receiver over six straight seasons. Howton was the team’s second round draft choice in 1952.

Howton averaged 18.4 yards per catch as a Packer. He caught 303 passes for 5,581 yards and 43 touchdowns for Green Bay from 1952-’58.

Traded to Cleveland in 1959 for Lew Carpenter and Bill Quinlan, he played there one season, then played with the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-’63.

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Packers Hall of Fame player Bill Howton
Packers Hall of Fame player Bill Howton