Paul Hornung Statue
Dedicated in 2006, this statue honors Paul Hornung, a Heisman Trophy winner and pro football star in the late 1950s and 1960s. Hornung began his football career as a high school student in Louisville under coach Paulie Miller and won the Heisman for his performance in the offensive backfield at Norte Dame. the fullback and running back was a leading player on Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers championship teams in the 1960s. He is best-known today as a highly versatile player and colorful performer who went by the nickname "Golden Boy."
Backstory and Context
Hornung was enshrined by both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame, but he began both his collegiate and pro careers on teams that fell short of expectations. Hornung began his career as a member of another losing teams in Green Bay until the team hired Vince Lombardi. The future Hall of Fame coach found success when he made Hornung his left halfback in tandem with Packers legend Jim Taylor in the offensive backfield. During Hornung's career Lombardi and the Packers won the NFL Title (before the Super Bowl era) in 1961, 1962, 1965, and 1966. They won the first Super Bowl in 1966 but Hornung did not play because of an injury. The team also made an NFL Title game appearance in 1960, losing to the Philadelphia Eagles. Hornung led the way in scoring, amassing an astounding 176 points in a 12-game schedule, then a record.
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