Paul Hornung Award

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Paul Hornung Award
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Awarded for The collegiate American football player adjudged to be the most versatile of all NCAA players
Location Louisville, Kentucky
Country United States
Presented by Louisville Sports Commission
First awarded 2010
Currently held by Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Official website

The Paul Hornung Award is a college football award that was created in January 2010 by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) with the support of Paul Hornung, a native and resident of Louisville, Kentucky and member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The mission of the award is to recognize and reward versatile, high-level performers in major college football; to help preserve the legacy Hornung, of one of Louisville's native sons and sports icons; and to promote Louisville as a great sports town.[1]


Paul Hornung is considered by many the most versatile player in the history of college and pro football.[citation needed] He won the 1956 Heisman Trophy at quarterback for Notre Dame and was the No. 1 pick in the 1957 NFL Draft. He played every position in the backfield during his career with the Irish, where he also punted, kicked, returned kicks and played defensive back.[citation needed] While in the NFL, he was an offensive back and kicker. He was a member of four NFL championship teams as an All-Pro halfback for the Green Bay Packers and led the NFL in scoring from 1959 to 1961, setting the single season scoring record in 1960 with 176 points. He was named league MVP following the 1961 season.[citation needed]

Eligibility criteria[edit]

To be eligible, a candidate must be in good standing and elig ll[??? clarification needed] of the season. Decisions regarding status for the award will be made by the Oversight Committee. In addition to starting or playing significant downs on offense or defense, candidates will be measured by performance from among one or more of the following:

  • Playing multiple positions on offense and/or multiple positions on defense
  • Playing a significant role on special teams
  • Performing as a two-way player who starts either on offense or defense and is used on the other side of the ball in some capacity
  • Making a significant impact during big games and elevating the team's performance through leadership displayed by excelling in multiple roles


Year Player Positions School
2010 Owen Marecic FB & LB Stanford[2]
2011 Brandon Boykin WR & CB & RS Georgia[3]
2012 Tavon Austin WR & RS West Virginia[4]
2013 Odell Beckham, Jr. WR & RS LSU[5]
2014 Shaq Thompson LB & S & RB Washington[6]
2015 Christian McCaffrey RB & RS Stanford[7]
2016 Jabrill Peppers LB, RB, QB, RS, WR & DB Michigan[8]


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  2. ^ Stanford fullback/linebacker Owen Marecic wins first Paul Hornung Award, The Courier-Journal, January 10, 2011
  3. ^ "Georgia's Boykin wins Paul Hornung Award". Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Patterson, Chip. "West Virginia WR/AP Tavon Austin named most versatile player". Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "LSU's Odell Beckham, Jr. named 2013 Paul Hornung Award Winner". Retrieved December 14, 2013.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Washington's Shaq Thompson named 2014 Paul Hornung Award winner". Retrieved December 12, 2014.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "STANFORD'S CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY NAMED 2015 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WINNER". Retrieved December 10, 2015.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Peppers Wins 2016 Paul Hornung Award". CBS Interactive. December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.