Way back in 1956, Paul Hornung won the Heisman Trophy while playing virtually everywhere, being quarterback, rusher, kicker, and punt returner for a Fighting Irish squad that wasn’t in great shape. This versatility and impressive talented earned him the nickname “The Golden Boy” and he’d continue his success in the NFL.
Hornung was the very first pick of the 1957 NFL Draft by way of the Green Bay Packers, where he’d have one impressive career. He spent much of that career under the great Vince Lombardi, where he was both a halfback and kicker for the Packers.
Not only were the Packers an impressive franchise during his career, he also was a legendary contributor. During the 1960 season, he won the MVP award, led the league in rushing touchdowns, and also handled the kicking duties for the Packers. The 176 points he scored that season stood as the NFL single-season record for nearly half a century.
A three-time All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler, Hornung helped the Packers win four NFL titles, including victory in Super Bowl I to finish off his career.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame called his number in 1986, inducting one of the most versatile football players we’ve ever seen. Hornung was a major cog and talented scorer in Lombardi’s dynasty with the Packers for nearly a decade. Sadly, he passed away in 2020.