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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803267622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803267626
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hornung personified his nickname, "Golden Boy," on many levels—as a football star; a handsome, hard-partying ladies' man; and a friend to the rich and beautiful—and his autobiography covers each aspect of his life in a colorful and up-front manner. The book, "as told to William F. Reed," is conversational in tone; readers will feel as if they're one of Hornung's Packer teammates or drinking buddies reminiscing about the good old days. Hornung was good at pretty much everything he did, and he lets readers know it. But the bragging and name-dropping (from JFK and Frank Sinatra to mobsters and countless showgirls) is balanced by Hornung's genuine love and respect for his mother, his Packers coach Vince Lombardi and his teammates and friends. Hornung honestly reflects on the blemishes on his golden halo, like his 1963 suspension for gambling. Since he's always acknowledged his guilt, this isn't tremendous news, but, admirably, Hornung does praise Pete Rozelle, the NFL commissioner who suspended him. Interestingly, he also says he tried to persuade Pete Rose, to no avail, to follow his lead and admit his gambling problem. Finally, Hornung convincingly apologizes for his "stupid remarks" in March 2004 (he commented that his alma mater, Notre Dame, must lower its academic standards to "get the black athlete"). While not a shining literary achievement, this is an entertaining autobiography. Photos.
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“An entertaining autobiography.”—Publishers Weekly
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This book reads easily, but is not rewarding.
Olden Boy
He was great in his part in DEVIL's BRIGADE, though he'll never win an Oscar, and maybe he should have made more of a run at movie stardom.
Kevin Killian
I agree with those who criticize the slipshod manner in which this book was written.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Olden Boy on December 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have met Paul Hornung in person twice. The second time was in Green Bay when I bought this book at a book signing. Not only did Hornung charge full price for the book, he charged an additional $15 for his signature! I was the only person in line at the time and as a common courtesy I stuck out my hand to shake his after getting my book. At first it looked like he wouldn't even shake my hand. He finally relented and gave me a dead fish handshake without removing the Sharpie from his hand. Reading this book was about as satisfying as that handshake. Hornung is big on name dropping, but seems to have little use for the common fan.

This book reads easily, but is not rewarding. It contains many unflattering items about Hornung. He got his girlfriend pregnant in college and let her go off and have an abortion. Hornung told her whatever she did to keep it quiet to avoid any bad publicity. Certainly, everyone has heard about the womanizing and Hornung readily admits that much of it occurred while he was married to his first wife. He also admits to smoking marijuana on multiple occasions and trying cocaine once (he didn't like it). Gambling is justified as a way of life learned from his Louisville upbringing. An episode in which Hornung used insider information on a player's injury to place a large college bowl game bet is detailed. His embarassing comments regarding lowering Notre Dame's admission standards to get "the black athlete" are also discussed. Hornung seems truly amazed that just apologizing like a good Catholic going to confession (which Hornung doesn't believe in) hasn't enabled him to continue broadcasting Notre Dame football games.

I was astounded by the great number of factual errors in this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Fred D. Kreamelmeyer on January 4, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When writing a book like this - you simply MUST get your facts straight or no one is going to believe you... If you cannot even get the factual stuff right, then it is hard if not impossible, to believe the opinion sort of stuff... I can give a bunch of examples - He had the score of the first Super Bowl wrong - NOT 37-10 (it was 35-10) - He had the record of the first year of the New Orleans Saints wrong - NOT 3 & 8 (it was 3 & 11) and his own stats in the back do not add up properly...There are well over a dozen such errors & it would be too boring to list them all - Lots of the stuff may have been simple typos, but still, someone should be checking that sort of stuff before it goes to press - It creates some doubt over pretty much the entire work. But then there are even the other kinds of stories which are clearly more than just errors in data. One example is when he talks about his running mate in the Green Bay backfield, Jimmy Taylor. He states that Taylor played on a national championship team @ LSU, but was overshadowed by Billy Cannon. This is simply NOT TRUE!!! Taylor played on two VERY mediocre LSU teams and HE, not Cannon, was the star of those teams. Taylor graduated & went on to play in the NFL, Cannon remained @ LSU for two more years - it was THEN that Cannon became a star - LSU won the National Championship (AFTER Taylor had graduated) and then Cannon went on to win the Heisman Trophy the following year (again AFTER Taylor was in the NFL) - Hornung had some blockbuster things to say in his book - but the thing is... there are so many errors that I am sure of... it just gives me an uncomfortable feeling that he is just throwing things out there that are just plain wrong. I just wonder how much of any of it is true? ... Also... ol' Paul is pretty full of himself...Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Manuel on December 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book , one might conclude that only five things mattered to Paul Hornung: football, alcohol, women (perhaps sex with women is more accurate), gambling and nightclubs (and the entertainers and hoods who inhabited them). As a window into the personality of a rather shallow and non-reflective human being, this book might be worthwhile. On any other level, it is a failure. It offers little insight into the game of football, it's evolution over the 50's and 60's, or the people who played it for Notre Dame or the Green Bay Packers. (Instant Reply or Distant Replay are both far superior). What kind of school was Notre Dame? I can't remember any class even being mentioned? Did Hornung appreciate the unique environment of professional football in a small town like Green Bay, Wisconsin. Again, not a word.

The book reads like a quickie done for pocket change. Some of the factual errors are quite remarkable: Hornung states that Fred Williamson played for the Raiders and got "hammered" in Super Bowl II. Wrong: he played for the Chiefs in Super Bowl I. He states that Frank Gifford was on the original broadcast team for Monday Night Football. Wrong: Gifford joined in the second season, replacing Keith Jackson. One wonders if Hornung actually read the ghostwriter's script.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard W. Hudson on June 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This was an entertaining and honest book by a football player who really knew (and I'm sure still knows) how to have a good time. Hornung makes few apologies in this book that details his drinking, womanizing and gambling--anhd of course football. He comes across as a truly likeable guy and a great teammate, but I also think that his party lifestyle had a detrimental effect on his playing career. While he was a Hall of Famer in both college and the pros, his pro career was relatively short and became filled with injuries. After recently reading autobiographies by Darryl Strawberry and Josh Hamilton, I couldn't help but think that Hornung played in the last era of party-animal athletes when alcohol and women were the main temptations and drugs hadn't quite hit the mainstream. Hornung does a solid job of detailing his playing career both at Notre Dame and Green Bay and his life after football, namely in broadcasting. As someone too young to have seen him as a player, I came away from this book with an excellent understanding of a larger-than-life character.
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