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Golden Boy - Paul Hornung

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Paul Hornung was football's "Golden Boy" -- handsome, talented, and fabulously successful. He had a great career at Notre Dame, where he won the Heisman Trophy (the only player ever to win it on a team with a losing record). He was the #1 draft pick in the NFL and went to the Green Bay Packers, a terrible team soon transformed by a new head coach, Vince Lombardi. Hornung's Packer teams would become a dynasty, and ten of his teammates (as well as Lombardi) would eventually join him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Hornung led the NFL in scoring from 1959 to 1961, setting a single-season scoring record in 1960 that still stands. He was Player of the Year in 1960 and 1961.

Hornung always loved the good life. He had girlfriends all across the country, and he was a regular at Toots Shor's and at clubs in Chicago and Los Angeles. A frustrated Lombardi once asked him whether he wanted to be a player or a playboy, and his teammates joked about his Hollywood ambitions. On game days Hornung was always ready to play, but the night after a game -- and sometimes even the night before -- was a different story.

For Hornung, the good life came at a price: his gambling cost him a year's suspension from the NFL in 1963. He accepted his punishment, refusing to implicate anyone else, but in this autobiography he reveals just how widespread gambling was in the NFL.

However, on the playing field Hornung and his Packer teammates made football history. Bart Starr, Max McGee, Jim Taylor, Ray Nitschke, Jerry Kramer, Jim Ringo, Ron Kramer, Forrest Gregg, Fuzzy Thurston, Willie Davis, Herb Adderley, Willie Wood -- they're all here, and Hornung has great stories to tell about them and about some of their biggest games together.

"Golden Boy" is a must-read for football fans, a colorful, candid slice of pigskin history from one of the game's immortal legends.

Forewordp. 1
Prefacep. 7
My Life on Scholarshipp. 11
They Called Me "Cuddles"p. 19
Stiff-Arming the Bearp. 28
The Golden Boy Is Bornp. 37
"Mom, I Won the Heisman!"p. 50
The Siberia of Sportsp. 59
The Golden Boy Goes Hollywoodp. 69
Meet the Guysp. 79
The Leader of the Packp. 89
Football as It Was Meant to Bep. 99
The Breakthrough Yearp. 108
How JFK Saved the Dayp. 117
Golden Boy Inc.p. 128
Money Won Is Twice as Sweet as Money Earnedp. 137
If You Want to Dance, You've Got to Pay the Fiddlerp. 148
Calling Dr. Lombardip. 165
When the Saints Come Marching Inp. 176
Chicago, My Kind of Townp. 190
It Was His Way or the Highwayp. 200
Good-bye, Vince; Hello, Howardp. 210
Halls of Shame and Famep. 224
Where Have You Gone, Lindsey Nelson?p. 231
My Unbuckle Specialsp. 240
Once a Notre Dame Man, Always a Notre Dame Manp. 247
To Err Is Humanp. 254
The End Zonep. 263
Appendixp. 273
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780743266192
ISBN-10: 0743266196
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1