Paul D. Hubbard

Paul D. Hubbard (1871–1946) was a deaf American football player who is credited with inventing the modern huddle.[1] He played football at Gallaudet University from 1892 to 1895.[2]

Paul D. Hubbard
Gallaudet Bison
Career history
CollegeGallaudet (18921895)
Personal information
Career highlights and awards

Early life

Hubbard graduated from the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind in 1889. Hubbard attended the Gallaudet University in 1892. As the quarterback of the team, he invented the huddle.[3]


After his time at Gallaudet, Hubbard returned to Olathe, Kansas as a teacher and coach at the Kansas School for the Deaf. Hubbard initiated the school's football program in 1899.[4] He coached at Kansas School for the Deaf for many years. He eventually relinquished his titled as coach and finished the remainder of his years as a teacher and served as the school's first athletic director. He retired in 1942 after 43 years at the school.[5]

Personal life

Hubbard married in 1901 to Caroline Bownson. They had two hearing children, a son and a daughter. Their daughter, Pauline, died at a young age, and the son went on to attend the Kansas Military Academy.[6]


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