On May 18, 2011, The Portland Museum opened a permanent exhibit that focuses on the career of football great Paul Hornung and the vibrant role and meaning that team sport played in the neighborhood in which he grew up – Portland.
The exhibit offers an exciting new way for the community to learn about the people, players, teams and sport in Portland. Hornung donated his personal collection of career memorabilia to the museum located in his childhood neighborhood. Hundreds of videotapes and many boxes of photos and trophies are being catalogued for the Museum's permanent collection.
[Photo: A Gallopalooza horse featuring Louisville sports figures was the first of football great Paul Hornung's personal collection to be displayed at Portland Museum.]
About Paul Hornung
Paul Hornung is considered by many the best all-around player in the history of college and pro football. 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.
Hornung was a multi-threat, all-pro halfback and prolific kicker as a member of four NFL championship teams for the Green Bay Packers. He led the NFL in scoring 1959-60-61, set the single season scoring record in 1960 with 176 points and was named League MVP following the 1960 and 1961 seasons. Legendary Packers Coach Vince Lombardi called Hornung, "The most versatile man ever to play the game."
Paul is enshrined in the National High School Hall of Fame, College and Pro Football Halls of Fame and the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and resides in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Angela.
Grants from the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Local Development, Louisville Metro EAF Fund, and other generous benefactors made the Paul Hornung exhibit possible. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Portland Museum with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.