By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former NFL player Paul Hornung has passed away. He was 84.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. However, according to the Louisville Sports Commission, he battled dementia in his later years.
“Paul Vernon Hornung, one of the all-time great college and pro football players from the 1950s and 1960s, passed away today on his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky at age 84 after a long battle with dementia,” the Sports Commission said. “Hornung is survived by his wife of 41-years, Angela.”
“The Golden Boy” is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played for the Green Bay Packers from 1957-1966.
He won four NFL Championships. He won those championships in 1961, 1962, 1965, and 1966.
Hornung was also apart of the first team that won a Super Bowl with the Packers. Super Bowl I — the merger of the AFL and NFL Championship — saw the Packers win 35-10 over the Kansas City Chiefs.
While at Notre Dame, he won the prestigious Heisman Trophy ceremony. This is given to the best player in college football.
He was the first Heisman Trophy player to play pro football at the time. In addition, Hornung was the first Heisman Trophy winner to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Presently, it has happened the past three seasons. The Cleveland Browns used the 2018 No. 1 overall pick on Baker Mayfield.
In 2019, the Arizona Cardinals picked Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick. Then, in April, the Cincinnati Bengals used the top pick to draft Joe Burrow.
Hornung also was the first Heisman Trophy winner to win an NFL MVP, which he did in 1961. He was also the first Heisman Trophy winner to be inducted into the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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