Paul Hornung

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Green Bay Packers

Honors and Achievements


Legendary Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi described Paul Hornung as, “The most versatile man ever to play the game.”

Hornung was a three-sport star in high school and earned a total of 12 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. Highly recruited for football, Hornung was ready to join Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky but made a late change to Notre Dame at the suggestion of his mother and his best friend Sherrill Sipes.

 Few individuals can claim sustained success throughout their high school, college and professional careers at as many different positions on the football field as Paul Hornung. Known as "The Golden Boy," Hornung is a past winner of the NFL's MVP award, a College and Pro Football Hall of Famer and Heisman Trophy winner in a career that spanned his days from Flaget High in Louisville, Kentucky, to his three varsity seasons at historic Notre Dame, through his nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers during the greatest years in the history of that storied franchise.

During his time at Notre Dame, Hornung saw action at quarterback, halfback, fullback and safety and handled punts, kickoffs, field goals and extra points. At Green Bay, Hornung lined up at fullback, halfback and quarterback until Lombardi became coach and played Hornung at halfback for the rest of his career. 

Paul Vernon Hornung was born December 23, 1935, in Louisville, Kentucky

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