College Football’s Newest Trophy: the Paul Hornung Award


Announced just today is the Watch List for the inaugural Paul Hornung Award that will be given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.

The award is named for Notre Dame and Green Bay Packers legend Paul Hornung, the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 pick in the 1957 NFL draft.

He played every backfield position during his career with the Irish. He also punted, kicked, returned kicks and played defensive back and was a multi-threat offensive back and prolific kicker in the pros. In the NFL, Hornung won four championships as an all-pro halfback, leading the NFL in scoring for three consecutive years: 1959-60-61. He also set the single season scoring record in 1960 with 176 points.

Football deity and legendary Packers Coach Vince Lombardi called Hornung, “The most versatile man ever to play the game.”

By Paul M. Banks

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