Four years as a Naval officer in WWII shortened the opportunities of pro football for Malcolm James Kutner. But the former Dallas Woodrow Wilson and University of Texas athlete made the most of his six seasons with the Cardinals, then based in Chicago. In 1946 he led the team in receiving on offense and in interceptions on defense to earn Rookie of the Year honors. The next year he was team MVP and All-Pro as the Cardinals won the NFL title. Kutner had lettered three years each in football and basketball and one in track at Texas where he was an All-SWC and All-America end in 1941. He was elected all-state in basketball in 1938 as a member of Woodrow Wilson High's state championship team. He was also an All-City selection in football his senior year. Kutner was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.