Golden moments

Green Bay Packers' great and NFL Hall of Famer Paul Hornung, currently on a book tour throughout the Midwest, tells the stories of the games, girls, and gambling in his new autobiography entitled, Golden Boy.<p>

Much like he had a nose for the end zone during his football career, he is hitting paydirt with his new book which is in its third printing. It has been a particularly hot seller, quite naturally, in Wisconsin, a state he will be traveling around through Christmas doing promotions and book signings.

While Hornung mentions the more notable moments that happened in his career, such as winning the Heisman Trophy, setting an NFL record of 176 points in one season (1960), and his gambling suspension in 1963, he really lets readers in on the stories of his life off of the field and after football. He recalls the parties, the acquaintances, the good times and the bad times. For that, the book is a must read for Packers' fans.

"If I was going to write a book and pat myself on the back, that's not me," said Hornung. "Vince Lombardi, Jr. said, ‘Paul, I don't understand why you wrote a couple of the stories, but knowing you, as honest as you are, I expected nothing less.' It is an honest book. I'll say that for you."

Among those classic Hornung tales are ones about his trips to Hollywood, where he developed several contacts in show business and almost became an actor. He was offered a seven-year contract to get into television and the movies at the infancy of his professional football career with the Packers, but chose not to pursue it.

"I wanted to play pro football," he said. "I didn't want to stop my career when I was 24 years old and go into the movies.

"I really believed that I couldn't handle it out there. I liked the good life too much. If I lived in L.A. as a single guy when I was 23 years old, I would've either killed myself physically or ended up an alcoholic, so I knew that wasn't the route for me."

Hornung did use his personable skills and looks, however, to go into commercials, do some part-time acting, and start a broadcasting career that lasted some 30 years. Even now at 68 years old, he is still an active businessman. He lives in his native Louisville, where he owns a soy bean refinery business with four others, and also is involved with several real estate properties.

Hornung's immediate focus, though, is on his book tour, and he said that he plans to be in Green Bay the weekend of each remaining Packers' home game this year – Nov. 29 against the Rams, Dec. 12 against the Lions, and Dec. 19 against the Jaguars. He will be signing books on game day either at Kroll's Restaurant just across the street from Lambeau Field (on Ridge Road) or the Packer Pro Shop at Lambeau Field and the Stadium View Sports Bar (just down Packer Drive) after the game.

For a book review and more detailed information about Golden Boy, check out the Nov. 30 issue of Packer Report.

Hornung will make the following appearances in Green Bay to sign his new book: November 28th

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Bay Park Square Mall on Oneida Street

(Lombardi Titletown Legends event)

November 29th

11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


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