Paul Hornung is one of only 13 players in the history of the National Football League draft to have gone from being the first overall pick of a draft to earning election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1957 - PAUL HORNUNG, HB, NOTRE DAME (GREEN BAY PACKERS)
How the Packers landed the No. 1 pick:
From 1947 through 1958, the NFL instituted a bonus pick into the draft. It was awarded by a random pick and once a club was awarded the selection, they were eliminated from future draws.
Scouting Hornung’s college career:
Hornung was a virtual unanimous All-America choice during his last two years at Notre Dame. In 1956, he led the Irish in passing rushing, scoring, kickoff returns and punt returns and won the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s best collegiate player.
Hornung experienced a frustrating start to his career. He began his rookie year at quarterback but was moved to the backfield first at fullback and then halfback. Despite limited action, he mustered 319 yards to finish second in rushing on the team. He had his first 100-yard rushing game against the New York Giants on Nov. 3.
NFL Career highlights:
A multi-faceted player, Hornung scored a record 176 points in the 1960 season. That total remained an NFL record for more than 40 years. HOF Bio>>>
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