The Louisville Sports Commission announced on Friday, Paul Hornung, “The Golden Boy” who worked for Notre Dame in the 1950s and the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s.
The commission said that Hornung had dementia.
Hornung, born December 23, 1935 in Louisville, Kentucky, was one of only seven players to win the Heiman Trophy and be named NFL MVP by the Associated Press. The others were Lamar Jackson, Cam Newton, Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen, Earl Campbell and OJ Simpson.
He won Heisman in 1958, playing for the 2–8 Notre Dame team. In becoming the only player to win the award, starring for the losing team, Hornung led the Fighting Irish in passing, rushing, scoring, kickoff returns, punt returns and punting. During the defense, he broke the team with a pass and finished second in tackles and interceptions.
Hornung was selected by the Packers No. 1 overall in the 1957 NFL draft, the first of nine future Hall of Famers of that year. Hornung – along with fellow Packers star Bart Starr, Jim Taylor and Jerry Kramer, as well as innovative coach Vince Lombardi – went on to lead the struggling franchise for the 1960 NFL title game, leading the Eagles to a 19–17 loss.
In that 1960 season, the running back star accounted for an NFL-record 176 points – through touchdowns, field goals and extra points – a mark that stood for 46 years. Hornung was named first team All-Pro that season, an honor he repeated the following year under the leadership of the Packers that they would win while on the team.
But a pinch nerve in his throat first began to slow the hornung. A gambling scandal then brought his career to a temporary standstill: He was suspended for the 1963 season by commissioner Pete Rozelle, who found that Hornung and Detroit Lions star Alex Karras had bet on NFL games and “Hood Hulmes” Was associated with “.
Hornung was reinstated for the 1964 season, but his best years were behind him. He averaged 299 yards rushing in the Packers’ 1965 NFL Championship season, then 200 yards in nine matches in 1966, when the Packers won the first Super Bowl.
After wrapping up a career in which he became the only player in NFL history to score 50 touchdowns and 50 field goals and earned induction into both the Pro and College Football Hall of Fame, he continued to work on TV football broadcasts Were. With veterans like Lindsay Nelson and Vin Scully, CBS