Football's 'Golden Boy' helps Portland neighborhood shine


by Rachel Platt

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 11:23 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- He's a Louisville treasure and he got to share his hometown with people while helping out locally.

We're talking about the “Golden Boy”--Paul Hornung--who went on to become one of football's all time greats.

He continues to give back and did again on Wednesday night with a tour of his old neighborhood.

Louisville's Portland neighborhood is currently on the comeback trail thanks to new investments by community leaders—entrepreneurs--and even past residents, like Hornung.

Hornung called these streets home back in the fifties. He said he would hop the fence and play football at the old marine hospital.

Wednesday night was not a stroll, but a roll down memory lane with Hornung on a tour bus. The “Golden Boy” himself is the tour guide.

The tour cost $75 a head and the money goes back to the Portland Museum, which is a couple houses down from where Hornung grew up.

Inside the museum is memorabilia from Hornung's career, one of the most storied careers in football.

From his days at the old Flaget High School to Notre Dame, which was a school his mom wanted him to attend. Hornung went on to be recruited by Bear Bryant for UK.

Hornung won the Heisman and went on to play with the Green Bay Packers and legendary coach Vince Lombardi.

He was dubbed the “Golden Boy” and graced the covers of many magazines.

Hornung said now this is his time to give back to a neighborhood that's trying to shine once again.

Hornung said the changes that are being made are good ones, and we all need to see what we can do.

The “Golden Boy” remembers where he came from--a place he called home back then and is still a place he calls home today.

His efforts fall under our #DoSomething campaign here at WHAS11.

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