Packers legend Paul Hornung dies at 84

Green Bay Packers legend, Pro Football Hall of Fame member and Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung died Thursday in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., after a long battle with dementia. He was 84.

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His passing was announced Friday by the Louisville Sports Commission.

Known as “The Golden Boy,” Hornung was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1957 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame, where he won the 1956 Heisman.

He won four NFL championships (1961, 1962, 1965, plus the Super Bowl following the 1966 seasdn) as a halfback with coach Vince Lombardi’s Packers, earning the league’s Most Valuable Player trophy in 1961. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1986.

One of the most versatile players in the history of the league, Hornung rushed for 3,711 yards and 50 touchdowns, caught 130 passes for 1,480 yards and 12 touchdowns, and passed for 383 yards and five scores in 104 games with the Packers. He also converted 52 of 66 field goals and 190 of 194 extra-point attempts.

Hornung missed the 1963 NFL season while serving a league suspension for gambling.

Born and raised in Louisville, Hornung burst onto the national scene as a two-time All-American at Notre Dame. He won the Heisman in 1956 — despite the Fighting Irish’s 2-8 record — by passing for 917 yards and rushing for 420.

Presented annually since 2010, the Paul Hornung Award recognizes the most versatile player in college football. Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden Jr. was honored in 2019.

Hornung is survived by his wife of 41 years, Angela.

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