Monday, December 29, 2014

Pillars of the NFL: Paul Hornung

In Patrick McCaskey's Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships  he covers the ten greatest NFL coaches of all-time.  Among the pillars is Vince Lombardi who coached the Green Bay Packers to five NFL Championships in the 1970s.  Lombardi was one of most gifted coaches who made his mark on NFL history. 

In a series of posts we include some description of Lombardi's players. 

Paul Hornung

The “Golden Boy,” Paul Hornung, was the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner who played quarterback at Notre Dame.  Hornung contributed in many ways to the success of the Packers.  He was converted to a halfback under Lombardi and he would run, pass, catch passes, and join a number of his teammates in the Hall of Fame.  He returned kickoffs and kicked extra points and field goals.  Although Hornung was the king of the late night excursion and Lombardi was perhaps the greatest practitioner of player discipline, they made it work.  Hornung succinctly described the relationship between Lombardi and himself:  “He was the ultimate disciplinarian and I was the ultimate coach’s nightmare.”