RIP: Paul Hornung
13 Nov
2020
Not in Hall of Fame

2020 has been an awful year for legendary Green Bay Packers.

Hall of Fame Back, Paul Hornung passed away at age 84.  He was battling dementia.  This year, former Packers stars, Bart Starr, Willie Davis and Herb Adderley all have died.

Hornung was a superstar at Notre Dame where he won the Heisman Trophy in a year where the All-American led the Fighting Irish on Passing, Rushing, Scoring, Kickoffs, Punts and Punt Returns.  The Green Bay Packers had the First Overall Pick in the 1957 Draft, and they used it on Hornung, 

Hornung would be part of a transformation of fortunes for the Packers.  A Pro Bowler in 1959, Hornung earned that again in 1960, where he was a First Team All-Pro and led the NFL in Rushing Touchdowns (13).  The Packers went on to win the NFL Championship that year, and he had an even better follow-up.

In 1961, Hornung won the MVP Award making him the first player to win the Heisman and NFL MVP. Again, the Packers won the NFL Championship, and repeated it with another Title in 1962.  Fate would deal him a blow, as NFL Commissioner, Pete Rozelle, suspended him and Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions for gambling.

Hornung was reinstated in 1964, but nerve problems were catching up to him.  He played three more years, winning two more NFL Championships and was a member of the first Super Bowl Championship win.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends, fans and family of Paul Hornung.

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