Paul Hornung won the Heisman Trophy with Notre Dame.
The Durham Bulls will welcome Paul Hornung, the Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback from the Green Bay Packers, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Friday, June 30th before the Bulls game against the Norfolk Tides.
“Even though the
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. Green Bay
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.
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
Giants with a record-smashing 19-point outburst as New York won, 37-0. Green Bay
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
Colts and scored the clinching touchdown in the championship game against the Baltimore Browns.” Cleveland
Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & photo.