Hall of Famer Paul Hornung dies at 84

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The Louisville Sports Commission announced that Packer icon and Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Hornung died on Thursday.

Hornung’s death comes after a long battle with dementia. He was 84 years old.

Hornung played at Notre Dame and won the Heisman Trophy in 1956 before being selected by the Packers with the first overall pick of the 1957 draft. He played halfback and was prized for his versatility during his 10 years in Green Bay. He ran the ball, caught passes, threw passes, and handled placekicking duties, which led Vince Lombardi to call him the most versatile player in the history of the league.

Hornung did those things well enough to be the league’s MVP in 1961 and make first-team All-Pro twice. He was also part of four NFL champions and the Super Bowl I winners, although he did not play in that win over the Chiefs because of a pinched nerve in his neck.

He retired with 3,711 rushing yards, 1,480 receiving yards and 62 career touchdowns. He was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Our condolences go out to Hornung’s family and loved ones on their loss.

42 responses to “Hall of Famer Paul Hornung dies at 84

  1. The Golden Boy. 5 time NFL World Champion with the Green Bay Packers. From the greatest generations of leaders. Thank you for making Titletown proud to call you one of our own. Rest easy sir.

  2. I used to watch Football Saturday on TBS every week in the early ’80’s, with Paul Hornung, Norm Van Brocklin, Alex Hawkins, and Bob Neal.

  3. A little before my time but I remember my father talking about those great Green Bay Packer/Baltimore Colts teams. Starr and Unitas, the Golden Boy and Lenny Moore – all in the HOF. RIP Mr. Hornung.

  4. Willie Davis, Willie Wood, Paul Hornung and last year we lost Bart Starr. The legendary Packers are almost gone 🙁

  5. Asked why he was getting married early in the day on his wedding day, he replied “if it doesn’t work out, I’ve still got the rest of the day to make up”.

  6. RIP to the Golden Boy.

    His 1960 season is one of the greatest achievements in sports. He scored 176 points in a 12 game season That would be equivalent of scoring 235 points in today’s 16 game season.

  7. Coach Lombardi, who went to Mass every morning, absolutely loved Hornung, who hardly ever went to bed until morning. Maybe there is a lesson in that for all of us who find it so difficult to get along with people who are just not like us. RIP Golden Boy.

  8. Lifelong Vikings fan here, and my condolences to his family and Packer fans everywhere. Not only a helluva football player, but also a veteran.

  9. Rest In Peace, Golden Boy.
    Titletown will shine a little bit dimmer tonight.

  10. Time to bet till your heart’s content. No limit anymore.R.I.P to one of the great ones. Damn this 2020 can’t get over soon enough.

  11. 176 points in a 12 game speaks for itself. He was also an incredible ambassador for both the Pack and the city of Green Bay. Here’s to you Paul! Hope you don’t miss the great bed check in the sky

  12. Paul was an awesome player and was very humble with his fans and was generous with autographs. You’ll be missed, Golden Boy!

  13. scubasteve says:
    November 13, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    No disrespect intended, and well before my time, but how do you get into the HOF on those stats?

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    Seriously?? Did you just become a football fan last month? Sheesh.

  14. madguy7 says:
    November 13, 2020 at 1:51 pm
    Asked why he was getting married early in the day on his wedding day, he replied “if it doesn’t work out, I’ve still got the rest of the day to make up”.
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    As I remember it, the quote was “if it doesn’t work out, I won’t ruin the entire day.” Same sentiment
    I just wanted it to be historically correct. I saw him play many times during the glory years.

  15. scubasteve says:
    November 13, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    No disrespect intended, and well before my time, but how do you get into the HOF on those stats?
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    It was a different game back then , besides the 12 game schedule it was a defensive game until they changed the rules in 1978.
    Let me give you an example : 1960 when Paul scored 176 points in 12 games , Tommy Mac Donald was a HOF Flanker for the Eagles that year he was voted All Pro . his All Pro Stats ?
    13 TD’s on _37_ catches !
    Ha Ha , they could literally knock you down before the ball was in the air .
    In most of the games the teams didn’t even score in the 20’s !
    ….. and _NO HOME GAMES WERE TELEVISED Back Then!_

  16. scubasteve says:
    November 13, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    No disrespect intended, and well before my time, but how do you get into the HOF on those stats?

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    Knew there would be people that would just look at his stats and question his Hal of Fame credentials. He also won the Heisman trophy while quarterbacking Notre dame to a 2-8 record. It’s not just all about stats. It’s about the impact people had on the game during the time they were playing.

  17. Paul Hornung from Notre Dame and his fullback Jim Taylor from LSU were an unstoppable and devastating backfield for the Packers.

  18. For Hornung to score 176 points in 12 games remains amazing. I grew up watching the Packers of 1970s and the dismal 1977 team only scored 134 points in a 14-game schedule. It’s a different era for sure.

  19. Heisman trophy winner, NFL MVP, 4-time champion, college and NFL Hall of Famer. Another Lombardi Packer and one of my boyhood idols gone. Met him at book signing years ago, great guy.

  20. Another childhood hero gone to remind me of having more yesterdays than tommorows. RIP to the Hornung family…this guy was the real deal.

  21. I remember as a kid coming home from mass and then Sunday school to watch the Notre Dame rerun from their game on Saturday. Paul Hornung and Lyndsay Nelson were the announcers. My dad used to let me eat my Sunday dinner while it was on.

    Good memories.

  22. No disrespect intended, and well before my time, but how do you get into the HOF on those stats?

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    Because its not all about the stats. He is in the Hall of FAME because Hornung was one of the BEST and most WELL KNOWN players of his time. But if you want to talk stats – he still holds 2nd place for the highest points scored in a season by a player. He did that 60 years ago in a 12 game season. Think about that. Thats outstanding, considering the NFL has become more like a video game every year.

    This is why I call guys like Gore and Rivers stat compliers. Neither has ever been one of the best or well Known in their era, but they just keep playing. Longevity does not equal all time great. If it did, Jim Marshall belongs in the HOF well before Gore/Rivers

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