Packers #5 Today and Yesteryear

Paul Hornung #5The Packers have picked up another wide receiver. His name is Omarius Hines and he’ll wear #5 for the Packers. The signing itself isn’t earth-shattering. What shocks me is the fact that he’ll be wearing #5.

It’s a little surprising to me that the Packers have not retired that number. I realize we can’t retire every number but the things Paul Hornung did were huge in an era when the Packers were the dominant force in the NFL.

  • League MVP 1962
  • Three championship teams (’61, ’62, & ’65)
  • Single season NFL scoring record with 176 points
  • Led NFL in scoring three years straight

The “Golden Boy” could do it all. He ran the ball. He passed the ball. He caught the ball. He kicked the ball. Defenses just never new how to cover him.

It’ll be interesting to see Hines take some reps. There’s a reason Baltimore waived him, so I don’t really expect him to make a big impact. We’ll see if Hines is the next diamond in the rough that the Packers develop into a viable force.

In the meantime, what do you think? Should Paul Hornung’s number have been retire?

(For more Packer history, check out our Before There Were Helmets series.)

Packers #5 Today and Yesteryear

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