NFL Star Tony Hutson Dead at 49

Former NFL player Tony Hutson has tragically died at just 49 years old.

Hutson was a Dallas Cowboys guard in the late 1990s.

According to an online obituary, the football star passed away earlier this month.

In a post on Facebook, teammate Randall Godfrey revealed that Hutson’s death was unexpected.

According to Godfrey, his friend’s death “caught us off guard.”

“Our 1996 Dallas Cowboys rookies had a special bond,” Godfrey said.

“He made several trips to Valdosta to help with my annual football camps.

“I cherished every moment that he had me crying after laughing so hard.”

“You caught us off guard with this one,” Godfrey added.

“Take your rest my brother. Gone too soon.”

He also told the Post, “He loved giving back to the community and dealing with kids.

“He was just a fun person to be around.

“He kept everybody laughing.”

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Hutson was a standout as an offensive tackle at MacArthur High School in Texas and played at Kilgore College before transferring to Northeastern Oklahoma State University.

Hutson was named an NAIA All-American in 1994 and 1995.

He went undrafted in 1996 after the Raiders found a benign tumor on his right lung during a physical.

“My first thought was I would never get to play football anymore,” Hutson said in 1996.

“But then I thought there’s more to life than football.

“I just wanted to live my life.

“I talked to my mom about it and prayed about it.”

Surgery removed the tumor and the Cowboys signed him as a free agent.

“I’ve got good, quick feet,” Hutson said.

“For the technique I don’t have, I give great effort.”

He spent 1996 on the practice squad and missed most of 1997 training camp after having wrist surgery.

But because of injuries to the Cowboys line, he made his debut late in the year and started a game against Washington, a dramatic 17-14 win.

“I was so emotional,” Hutson said at the time.

“I just kept thinking, ‘Don’t let anything happen to Troy [Aikman]. Don’t do anything wrong.’

“I was nervous at first and made a mistake early but after that, I just took care of business.”

“It’s my first start, millions of people watching, and it’s America’s Team.

“I had to perform right. Words can’t describe what it was like out there.”

Hutson played with the Cowboys through the 1999 season.

He appeared in three games with Washington in 2000.

Hutson was with the Raiders in 2001 but was released before the regular season after struggling with a triceps injury.

The cause of Hutson’s death has not been revealed.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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