PAUL HORNUNG

PAUL HORNUNG

Class of 1986
Halfback >>> 6-2, 215
(Notre Dame)
1957-1962, 1964-1966 Green Bay Packers

Paul Vernon Hornung ... Heisman Trophy winner, All-American at Notre Dame ... Bonus draft pick, 1957 ... Multi-talented clutch player, at best inside 20-yard line ... NFL Player of Year, 1960, 1961 ... Led NFL scorers three years with record 176 points in 1960 ... Career stats: 3,711 yards rushing, 130 receptions, 760 points ... Tallied record 19 points in 1961 NFL title game ... Played in two Pro Bowls ... Born December 23, 1935, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Even though the Green Bay Packers had quality players at almost every position during the "dynasty years" of the 1960s, many insist that Paul Hornung, the team's bonus draft pick in 1957, was the most important contributor to the Packers' successes.

Said to have a "nose for the end zone," Hornung scored 760 points in nine seasons on 62 touchdowns, 190 PATs and 66 field goals. As his record clearly shows, Paul did more than just score points. He gained 3,711 yards rushing and 1,480 yards on pass receptions.

In addition to his placekicking, he was a superb blocker and highly effective on the halfback option pass. Known as "The Golden Boy," Hornung was above all a leader to whom the Packers looked for the big plays in the big games.

He reached the zenith of his colorful NFL tenure with three exceptional seasons in 1959, 1960, and 1961. Paul led the NFL in scoring each year and, in 1960, he posted a record 176 points. The 1956 Heisman Trophy winner as a Notre Dame quarterback; Hornung was the NFL's Most Valuable Player in 1961. In the 1961 NFL Championship Game, Paul was on Christmas leave from the Army when he stunned the New York Giants with a record-smashing 19-point outburst as Green Bay won, 37-0.

Paul’s pro career got off to a slow start as he divided his time between fullback and quarterback for two different head coaches. That changed, however, when Vince Lombardi was named coach and he made Hornung his starting halfback. Throughout his super-star career, Paul remained a dangerous threat to put points on the board.

In 1965, he scored five touchdowns against the Baltimore Colts and scored the clinching touchdown in the championship game against the Cleveland Browns.

Year
Team
G
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
No.
Yds.
Avg.
TD
1957 Green Bay
12
60
319
5.3
3
6
34
5.7
0
1958 Green Bay
12
69
310
4.5
2
15
137
9.1
0
1959 Green Bay
12
152
681
4.5
7
15
113
7.5
0
1960 Green Bay
12
160
671
4.2
13
28
257
9.2
2
1961 Green Bay
12
127
597
4.7
8
15
145
9.7
2
1962 Green Bay
9
57
219
3.8
5
9
168
18.7
2
1964 Green Bay
14
103
415
4.0
5
9
98
10.9
0
1965 Green Bay
12
89
299
3.4
5
19
336
17.7
3
1966 Green Bay
9
76
200
2.6
2
14
192
13.7
3
Career Total
104
893
3711
4.2
50
130
1480
11.4
12
 
Year
Team
G
FG
FGA
XK
XKA
Pts
1957 Green Bay
12
0
4
0
0
18
1958 Green Bay
12
11
21
22
23
67
1959 Green Bay
12
7
17
31
32
94
1960 Green Bay
12
15
28
41
41
176
1961 Green Bay
12
15
22
41
41
146
1962 Green Bay
9
6
10
14
14
74
1964 Green Bay
14
12
38
41
43
107
1965 Green Bay
12
0
0
0
0
48
1966 Green Bay
9
0
0
0
0
30
Career Total
104
66
140
190
194
760
Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 55-24-383, 5 TDs, 4 Int; Kickoff Returns: 10-248
Full Name: Paul Vernon Hornung

Birthdate:
December 23, 1935

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky

High School: Flaget (Louisville, KY)

Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame: January 25, 1986

Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame:
August 2, 1986

Presenter: Max McGee, Former Packers teammate

Other Members of Class of 1986: Ken Houston, Willie Lanier, Fran Tarkenton, Doak Walker

Pro Career: 9 seasons, 104 games

Drafted: 1st round (1st player overall) in 1957 by Green Bay Packers 

Uniform Number: 5

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