Paul Hornung was the first Heisman winner who did not lead in first place votes. Tom McDonald of Oklahoma had the most first place votes with 205 to Hornung's 197. Hornung won only in the Midwest, as Jim Brown of Syracuse won in the East, Majors led the South, McDonald led the Southwest and Brodie was first in the West, the first instance of five different leaders in the five sections.
Paul Hornung, O.J Simpson and Earl Campbell are the only players to have won the Heisman Trophy , were first overall National Football League draft picks and are in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame.
As almost every football fan knows, Hornung went to the Green Bay Packers, led the NFL in scoring for three straight years and was voted MVP in 1960 and 1961. He accomplished his records despite injuries and military obligations, and it is no wonder that his coach Vince Lombardi called him "the most versatile man who ever played the game."
The blond, 220-pound Golden Boy, despite a mediocre Notre Dame team, carried the ball 94 times his senior year for 420 yards for an average of 4.5 yards per carries. He completed 59 of 111 passes, which gave him a total offensive figure of 1,337 yards. The jack-of-all- trades could run, pass, and block and tackle. He played quarterback, halfback, defense, and place kicker. He was probably the greatest all-around player in Notre Dame's history and is the only Heisman winner to have played on a losing team as the Irish were 2-8 in '56.