Paul Hornung's award allows him to stay close to the sport he loves
12/09/2015 07:42 PM
Paul Hornung is a living legend in the world of football. The Louisville native made a name for himself wearing the navy and gold of Notre Dame, and then again as part of the Green Bay Packers that won multiple NFL titles, including Superbowl I. He is a Heisman Trophy winner, a number one draft pick, a former NFL Most Valuable Player, and has been inducted into both the college and NFL Halls of Fame.
Hornung was also the epitome of versatility, playing halfback, quarterback, and placekicker. It is fitting that the Paul Hornung award honor a collegiate athlete that demonstrates an equally dynamic skill set. The award was created in 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission and has honored current NFL stars such as Tavon Austin (2012) of the St. Louis Rams, and Odell Beckham Jr. (2013) of the New York Giants.
Hornung retired from football in the mid-1960s. The game has evolved, but Hornung believes the integrity of the game is firmly intact. The Hall of Famer is honored to have an award named after him, because it is another way to stay close to the sport he loves. We had a chance to interview Hornung and talk with him about the latest award recipient, Christian McCaffrey of Stanford University.