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Hornung impressed with Rodgers, back-shoulder throw

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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In his prime, Paul Hornung was one of the most versatile and athletic players the National Football League had to offer. Still, he never saw anything quite like the back-shoulder throw. Hornung now finds himself as an observer in awe of what the Green Bay Packers offense was able to achieve this past season, backed with a pass that helped catapult Aaron Rodgers into MVP status. “It’s been amazing what they’ve done the last couple years,” Hornung said. “They have the best offense in the National Football League and I think (Aaron) is the best quarterback in pro football today. Nobody is more accurate. The way they throw the passes to the sidelines and the out-patterns — when he can go back, throw the football and absolutely aim it for the outside shoulder — just is amazing. It’s a very unique way to have an offense. They’re so proficient at what they do.” Here are some other snippets from Hornung prior to being honored Tuesday at Trinity High School in Louisville, Ky., as part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Allstate “Hometown Hall of Famer” program. On what the honor means to him: “It’s great. I love Louisville. I always lived here. I never moved away from Louisville. It’s been my home where my wife and I (lived) for over 30 years, and my business and life have been here. I really enjoy it. I will never move out.” On what he’s been doing: “I keep busy here in Louisville and get back up with (Packers Board of Directors member) Ed Martin to Green Bay. I try to get up to Door County for four or five days and play golf, enjoy the Wisconsin people. I come back up to Green Bay like five or six times a year.” On his horse-racing venture, which he’s partnered with Ed Martin and Willie Davis: “We bought a horse and he’s going to be starting to work out next week. We’re going to hopefully have him for the (Kentucky) Derby next year. We’re going to run him as a two-year-old maybe this Derby week in Louisville. He’s by a stud called, Tiz Now, who won $7 to $8 million when he raced, one of the great champions. (Horse trainer) Wayne (Lukas) named the horse, “TizTitletown5,” after the Packers’ success and my number, No. 5, so we’re looking forward to watching this horse run as a 2-year-old.” On teams trying to hurt players during his playing days: “There were certain things that you heard about early on when I played about some other teams that would be glad if they went out and hurt another football player while I was playing, but never knew anybody who did it. You would hear of things that were going on like that, but nobody could prove it. Nobody could prove anything like that and I don’t believe that there were many coaches at all that would coach in that kind of light. For heaven’s sake, trying to get somebody out of the game.”

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