Cal Hubbard was huge by the standards of the 1920s. When he first appeared on the pro football scene, he was 6'5", and 250 pounds. Moreover, he could run 100 yards in a speedy 11 seconds. The total effect was awesome.
Hubbard (1900-1977) played college football at Centenary and Geneva, hardly the big time. But, when he turned pro in 1927 at the comparatively ripe age of 26, he went straight for the biggest arena of all -- New York.
The Giants were well stocked at tackle, so Hubbard moved over to become the biggest, most fearsome offensive end in the NFL. On defense, he played linebacker.
The addition of big Cal made a good Giant defense great. The New Yorkers posted 10 shutouts in 13 games and allowed only 20 points for the season while winning their first NFL title.
When complacency, age, and dissension dropped the Giants to the middle of the standings the next season, Hubbard asked to be traded.
Hubbard couldn't have timed it better. Cal was sent to Green Bay just as the Packers were becoming a dynasty. He became the key tackle on a team that won NFL championships for three straight years -- 1929, 1930, and 1931.
For all his spectacular defensive play, Hubbard may have been most valuable for his blocking. With his size and speed, he opened holes in the most determined defenses. When the NFL named its first official All-League team in 1931, he was chosen at tackle. In 1932 and 1933, he was named again.
During summers at Green Bay, Cal began umpiring baseball games. In 1936, he began a new career as an American League umpire. He wore the blue for 15 years and then served as supervisor of AL umpires for 15 more.
In 1976, the year before his death, he was named to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was the first person to be enshrined in both the Baseball and Pro Football Halls of Fame.