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Bill Hewitt is in the Hall of Fame because many consider him the best two-way player of his era, 1932 to 1943. But he is best remembered for his stubborn refusal to wear a helmet until the league made a rules change that forced him to wear one. Hewitt played for the Bears from 1932 to 1936, where his defense saddled ball carriers with negative yardage and his creativity for trick offensive plays stymied defenses. Hewitt devised a play in 1933 NFL title game, where he took a jump pass from Bronco Nagurski and made a lateral pitch to another player who ran it in for the game-winning score against the New York Giants.