Don Horn

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Don Horn
Date of birth: (1945-03-09) March 9, 1945 (age 70)
Place of birth: South Gate, California
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
College: San Diego State
NFL Draft: 1967 / Round: 1 / Pick 25
As player:
Green Bay Packers
Denver Broncos
Cleveland Browns
San Diego Chargers
Portland Thunder - WFL
Career stats
Playing stats at

Donald Glenn Horn (born March 9, 1945) is a former National Football League quarterback. He was a 1967 first round pick as an All American out of San Diego State University by the Green Bay Packers.

Serving mostly as a back-up, Horn's NFL career consisted of throwing for 3,369 yards and 20 touchdowns in 8 seasons. Horn served as Bart Starr's back-up in Green Bay, before moving on to Denver, Cleveland and San Diego.[1] Horn started 9 games for a 4-9-1 Denver team in 1971, throwing 3 touchdowns against 14 interceptions.[2]

Horn's greatest game came for Green Bay on December 21, 1969. Playing at home in the season finale against the St. Louis Cardinals, Horn completed 22 of 31 passes for 410 yards. He threw 5 touchdown passes and only one interception.[3] Horn started a total of 5 games in 1969, leading the Packers to a 4-1 record and throwing for 1500 yards, 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.[4]

He finished his pro career in 1975 with the Portland Thunder of the up-start WFL, where he completed 158 of 272 passes for 1742 yards and 11 TDs and 12 picks.

During a conversation in 2008, Don talked about the excitement he felt when he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers as their first round draft choice with a contract for $15,000. As he stated, "that was over $1,000 a month, something today's players wouldn't even cross the street for".

Vince Lombardi, the coach that drafted him, told his players that he was aware "three or four of you are here for the money and are sorry souls". Horn responded that the opposite is true today, that only "three or four are playing now for the love of the game".

After his football career ended, Horn wound up in the real estate business and remained in Colorado.[5]


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  3. ^ ^ "Don Horn Gamelogs"
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  5. ^ Irv Moss, "Colorado Classics: Don Horn, former Denver Broncos quarterback", Denver Post, October 31, 2012.

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