NFL Hall of Fame running back Paul Hornung dies at 84

Updated: 12:48 p.m. on Friday, November 13

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Paul Hornung, the dazzling “Golden Boy” of the Green Bay Packers whose singular ability to generate points as a runner, receiver, quarterback and kicker helped turn the team into an NFL dynasty, died Friday. He was 84.

Hornung won the 1956 Heisman Trophy at Notre Dame. He was the NFL MVP in 1961 and played on four championship teams (1961, ’62, ’65 and ’66).

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Hornung and another of the league’s top stars, Detroit’s Alex Karras, were suspended for 1963 by Commissioner Pete Rozelle for betting on NFL games and associating with undesirable persons. They returned to the NFL the next year.

Hornung won the Heisman as a quarterback. But he switched to halfback in the pros and was one of the NFL’s most dynamic players in Green Bay.

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Posted: 11:36 a.m. on Friday, November 13

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting Packers legend Paul Hornung passed away.

Schefter cites the Louisville Sports Commission which posted an article on its website on Friday, November 13. The article states, "Paul Vernon Hornung, one of the all-time great college and pro football players from the 1950s and 60s, passed away today in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., at age 84 after a long battle with dementia."

This is a developing story, stay with CBS 58 on-air and online for updates.

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