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    Rapid City Sports Hall of Fame Spotlight: John Dutton (Inducted: 1988)

    John Dutton may be the best professional athlete South Dakota has ever produced. 

    The Rapid City native won a National Championship as a member of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in his sophomore season, and went onto 1st Team All-Big 8 and 1st Team All-America honors at defensive end as a senior.  Dutton’s Cornhusker teams won two Orange Bowls and one Cotton Bowl.  In 1981, Dutton was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.

    The 6’ 7” 265 lb defensive end was the 5th player drafted in the 1974 NFL draft – the highest draft position of any South Dakotan in any professional sport.  Dutton played 14 NFL seasons – five as a Baltimore Colt, and nine campaigns with the Dallas Cowboys.  Dutton earned three trips to the Pro Bowl, and was named 1st Team All-Pro following the 1976 season. 

    Dutton’s high school playing days started at Cathedral High School, but he finished his career at Rapid City Central.  As a Cobbler, Dutton earned All-State and All-America honors in both basketball and football.  He led the 1969 Cobblers to the South Dakota Class A basketball title.  Interestingly, Dutton actually received more scholarship offers for basketball than football. 

    Listen to the interview with Dutton as he reflects upon his career and his days in South Dakota:


    Dutton Career Stats:

    High School: Cathedral High School, Rapid City High School

    All State Football 2X

    All State Basketball 2X

    Class A State Champion in Basketball

    High School All American Football

    High School All American Basketball 

    College: Nebraska

    All – Big 8 1973

    All – American 1973 

    Pro Career

    Drafted in 1st round (5th overall) by the Baltimore Colts

    Baltimore Colts 1974-1979

    Dallas Cowboys 1980-1987 

    More Information on John Dutton

    Dutton's career stats

    Sports Illustrated article on John Dutton

    Dutton's page on South Dakota Hall of Fame website

    JOHN DUTTON played his Junior year in 1967 for the Cathdreal Gaels. The Gaels were undefeated that season. The school closed in the fall of 1968. Dutton tranferred to Rapid City Central for his Senior season. The football field at STM is named Dutton Field in honor of the former Gael.

    DUTTON (back row, middle, tallest player) with his 1967 Gael team.

    DUTTON (middle) was named an all conference player his Junior season.

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