Paul Hornung

Paul Hornung

Birth
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 13 Nov 2020 (aged 84)
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Section Q, Lot 47, Space 1
Memorial ID 218544619 · View Source
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Hall of Fame Professional Football Player, Heisman Trophy Recipient. For nine seasons (1957 to 1962 and 1964 to 1966), he played at the fullback and halfback positions in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers. Along with Jim Taylor, Hornung formed Vince Lombardi's legendary offensive ground attack for the Green Bay Packers and was a key contributor to four NFL Titles which included the first Super Bowl championship (1967). Born Paul Vernon Hornung, he attended Flaget Catholic Preparatory High School in Kentucky where he first displayed his athletic greatness as a three sport participant. He enrolled at the University of Notre Dame and went on to achieve All-American honors twice (1955 and 1956) at the quarterback position, while receiving the Heisman Trophy in 1955. Selected by the Green Bay Packers as the number one overall pick during the 1957 NFL Draft, he totaled 104 career regular season games. Individually, he earned Pro-Bowl honors three-times (1959 to 1961) and All-Pro status in 1960. He led the league with 13 rushing touchdowns in 1960 and set a then NFL record for most points scored during a single season with 176. The feat stood until 2006 when San Diego Chargers' running back LaDainian Tomlinson surpassed the accomplishment. In 1961, he was the recipient of both the NFL MVP and Bert Bell Award. During the early part of his career, he served with the United States Army and was permitted to play for the Packers on the weekends. Horning along with Detroit Lions' defensive tackle Alex Karras were suspended for the 1963 season by Commissioner Pete Rozelle for violating the rule of betting on NFL games. He was selected by the New Orleans Saints during the 1967 NFL Expansion Draft, however retired due to a neck injury prior to the start of that season. After retiring as a player, he began a lengthy career as a color analyst for NFL and USFL games. He was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame in 1985 and was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. Additionally, he was named to the 1960s NFL All-Decade Team. He died of complications from dementia.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 218544619
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Paul Hornung (23 Dec 1935–13 Nov 2020), Find a Grave Memorial no. 218544619, citing Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .