Corridor of Fame Packers working again Paul Hornung dies at 84

Hall of Fame Packers running back Paul Hornung dies at 84

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Packers nice Paul Hornung dies at 84

Packers nice from Lombardi period Paul Hornung died on Nov. 13, 2020, at age 84.

Paul Hornung was a Vince Lombardi favourite and possibly crucial participant on the famed coach’s early championship groups with the Inexperienced Bay Packers.

Lombardi liked Hornung for his versatile talent set and clutch play because the featured left halfback within the Packers’ offense, in addition to for his fun-loving off-field persona that helped get Hornung the nickname “Golden Boy.”

Hornung, who additionally received the 1956 Heisman Trophy, died Friday in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky at age 84 after an extended battle with dementia, the Louisville Sports activities Fee introduced.

“The Inexperienced Bay Packers Household as we speak is mourning the lack of Paul Hornung,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy mentioned in a press release. “Paul was considered one of our particular alumni whose mere presence in Lambeau Subject electrified the gang throughout his returns. His performances in huge video games have been unparalleled and over time have been appreciated by generations of Packers followers. He performed a key position in 4 of Vince Lombardi’s championship groups of the Nineteen Sixties.

“With Paul’s passing, we’re deeply saddened that we proceed to lose our greats from the Lombardi period, a run of unprecedented success within the Nationwide Soccer League.

“We prolong our deepest condolences to Paul’s spouse, Angela, and his household and pals.”

Although Hornung by no means put up huge dashing numbers within the NFL – his single-season excessive for dashing was solely 681 yards – he crammed the important thing place in Lombardi’s offense as a runner within the famed Lombardi sweep and possibility passer. He was an enormous again (6-feet-2 and 215 kilos) with a nostril for the aim line and for a lot of his profession additionally was the Packers’ kicker.

His 176 factors within the 12-game 1960 season was an NFL file that stood till 2006, 29 years after the league had moved to a 16-game schedule. He was voted the NFL’s most-valuable participant that season.

Hornung additionally was voted a member of the NFL’s all-decade crew of the Nineteen Sixties and into the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame in 1986 after a nine-year profession that resulted in 1966. However maybe the best tribute to him got here from Lombardi himself in his two-volume ebook, “Vince Lombardi on Soccer,” which was revealed in 1973.

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“Paul might have been one of the best all-around again ever to play soccer,” Lombardi wrote.

Hornung joined the Packers in 1957 as a so-called “bonus selection,” which was the primary total choose of the draft that rotated among the many 12 groups within the league from 1947 to ’58. His profession floundered for 2 years till Lombardi was employed as Packers coach in 1959 and constructed his offense across the similar place that had made Frank Gifford a star when Lombardi was offensive coordinator with the New York Giants.

Hornung instantly thrived and could be a key participant on offense from 1960-65, throughout which era the Packers received three NFL championship video games and performed in a fourth. He received three NFL scoring titles in that point.

He additionally was suspended by the NFL for one season, 1963, after admitting to playing on NFL video games. In a sign of the important position he performed within the Packers’ success, the crew didn’t advance to the championship recreation that season after successful the title in ’61 and ‘62.

When former normal supervisor Ron Wolf joined the Packers in late 1991, he made some extent of sitting down with the three scouts he inherited who had performed or coached for the Lombardi-era Packers. He requested every to choose the participant from the Lombardi period they might take first in a draft if all have been out there. There are 11 gamers from Lombardi’s groups within the Corridor of Fame.

All three scouts mentioned Hornung.

“For them to provide that form of reward to a participant, that’s exceptional,” Wolf mentioned. “Take into consideration all these (Lombardi-era) gamers.”

Hornung performed for the Packers from 1957-66. His ’66 season was principally a washout due to a neck harm so his ultimate hurrah was late in ’65. Due to the neck, knee and rib accidents, he now not was the starter and shared time at halfback with Elijah Pitts and Tom Moore that season.

However in a key showdown within the second-to-last week of the common season at Baltimore, their fundamental contender for the West Division title, Hornung was the shock starter and scored 5 touchdowns within the Packers’ 42-27 win.

Then within the NFL championship recreation two weeks later, Hornung rushed for 105 yards on 18 carries within the Packers’ 23-12 win.

“Your entire Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame household mourns the passing of Paul Hornung,” Corridor of Fame President/CEO David Baker mentioned in a press release. “He was an impressive participant and an unimaginable man. Referred to as ‘The Golden Boy, Paul was above all a frontrunner to whom the Packers seemed for the large performs within the huge video games – particularly through the crew’s dynasty years below Coach Vince Lombardi within the Nineteen Sixties.”

Hornung starred in soccer, basketball and baseball at Bishop Benedict Joseph Flaget Excessive College after which attended school at Notre Dame. He received the Heisman in 1956 regardless that Notre Dame completed 2-8 that yr.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, there can be a personal funeral mass and burial in Louisville. A public celebration of his life is deliberate for a later date.


Born:  Dec. 23, 1935 in Louisville, Ky.

College: Notre Dame. As a quarterback and halfback in his ultimate two years, accomplished 105 of 214 passes for 1,656 yards and 12 touchdowns, and rushed for 892 yards and 6 touchdowns on 186 carries. Received the Heisman Trophy in 1956.

Corridor of Fame: Packers Corridor of Fame, Class of 1975; Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame, Class of 1986.

Packers taking part in profession: Was a halfback with the Packers from 1957-66, with one season missed (1963) due to a playing suspension. In 1960 set an NFL file of 176 factors, a file that stood for 29 years. Additionally was NFL MVP that season. Performed on 5 NFL title groups.

Put up taking part in profession: Was a product pitchman, together with for Miller Lite, and energetic in actual property in his hometown of Louisville.

Quote: “It’s a must to know what Hornung means to this crew. I’ve heard and skim that he’s not a terrific runner or a terrific passer or a terrific field-goal kicker, however he led the league in scoring for 3 seasons. In the midst of the sector he could also be solely barely higher than a mean ballplayer, however contained in the twenty-yard line he is without doubt one of the biggest I’ve ever seen. He smells that aim line.” – Vince Lombardi as quoted within the ebook, “The Nice Operating Backs.”

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