Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 8/24/13

The extremely athletic Paul Hornung, born in Louisville, Kentucky, lettered all four years in football, basketball and baseball at Flaget High School. Hornung really wouldn’t be random at all if you were a football fan throughout the 50′s, 60′s, and 70′s, but if you were born 40 years later, the name might not ring any sort of bell. Photo Credit: Associated Press  As a football standout he attended Notre Dame where he played fullback, halfback, quarterback, safety and kicker, as well as basketball. “The Golden Boy” emerged as a star with the Fighting Irish he emerged as a star. His junior season he totled 1,215 yards with six touchdowns, and in his senior season he took home the Heisman leading the Irish in nearly every category: passing, rushing, scoring, return, punting, and even passes broken up. After his memorable career at Notre Dame, the outstanding athlete was selected first overall by the Green Bay Packers in the 1957 NFL Draft. In his tenure, which lasted nine seasons in Green Bay, he helped the Packers earn four league championships, including the first Super Bowl in 1967. From 1959-1961 Hornung led the league in scoring as a halfback and kicker. His best year came in 1960, as he rushed for 671 yards and a career high 15 total touchdowns, complimented with 15 made field goals. That season he set a record with 176 points, which lasted until 2006 when Bert Bell Award winner LaDainian Tomlinson broke it. Hornung’s record-setting efforts earned him the 1961 Bert Bell Award. After the successful season Hornung was named both First-Team All-Pro as well as a two-time Pro Bowler. After helping the Packers win the first ever Super Bowl, Hornung retired in 1967. Hornung was named to the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well as the College Football Hall of Fame. After football Hornung became a producer and host for an NFL television shows and also did broadcasts for college football and the NFL. Aside from football, he made some money as a real estate investor. In 2010 the Louisville Sports Commission created the Paul Hornung Award, which is given to the most versatile player in the major college football.

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