Packers great Paul Hornung dies at 84 after battle with dementia


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Green Bay Packers great and Hall of Famer Paul Hornung has died.

ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap made the announcement on Twitter Friday morning.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Hornung died at the age of 84 after a battle with dementia.

Hornung, nicknamed The Golden Boy, was a running back for the Packers from 1957 to 1966, playing on teams that won four NFL titles and the first Super Bowl. He was also the first Heisman Trophy winner to play pro football, be selected as the first overall selection in the Draft, win NFL MVP, and be inducted into both the professional and college football halls of fame.

Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy released a statement, saying,

“The Green Bay Packers Family today is mourning the loss of Paul Hornung. Paul was one of our special alumni whose mere presence in Lambeau Field electrified the crowd during his returns. His performances in big games were unparalleled and over time were appreciated by generations of Packers fans. He played a key role in four of Vince Lombardi’s championship teams of the 1960s.

“With Paul’s passing, we are deeply saddened that we continue to lose our greats from the Lombardi era, a run of unprecedented success in the National Football League.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Paul’s wife, Angela, and his family and friends.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement on Hornung’s death, saying,

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Green Bay Packers’ legend Paul Hornung who thrilled a generation of NFL fans with his versatility, athleticism and personality that made him a favorite of legendary coach Vince Lombardi. Paul was a leader of Green Bay’s dynasty in the 1960s and instrumental in growing the popularity of the Packers and the National Football League. He had a tremendous impact on the field, in the locker room with his teammates and the Green Bay community from his first day as the top pick in the 1957 NFL Draft to his last game, the first Super Bowl in 1967.

On behalf of the entire NFL family, we send our heartfelt condolences to Paul’s wife, Angela, his family and Packers fans around the world.”

The Packers have lost multiple legendary players this year.

In February, former safety Willie Wood died at 83 after suffering from dementia for over a decade.

Former defensive end Willie Davis passed away in April after an extended illness.

Less than a month ago, cornerback Herb Adderley passed away at the age of 81.

Public figures who have died this year

  • Betty Wright
  • Rev. Joseph Lowery

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