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Presented here is the highest graded October 29, 1956 issue of Sports Illustrated with Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung adorning the cover for the very first time. 


In the 1956 college football season, Paul Hornung showcased his exceptional skills as he led the Fighting Irish in almost every aspect of the game. Despite Notre Dame's disappointing 2-8 record that year, Hornung's remarkable performance earned him the prestigious Heisman Trophy, making him the only player from a losing team to ever receive this honor.

Known as "The Golden Boy," Hornung was a highly versatile athlete who excelled in every facet of the game. Not only did he lead his team in passing and rushing, but he also dominated in scoring, kickoff and punt returns, and punting. Additionally, Hornung displayed his defensive prowess by leading the team in passes broken up and ranking second in interceptions and tackles made.

Hornung's ability to contribute in every aspect of the game sets him apart as one of the greatest all-around football players in Notre Dame history. He possessed the rare combination of speed, agility, and intelligence, allowing him to take on various roles on the field. Whether it was throwing accurate passes, evading defenders with his running skills, blocking for his teammates, or delivering bone-crushing tackles, Hornung could do it all.

Oct. 29, 1956 Sports Illustrated Paul Hornung First Cover (Notre Dame Fighting Irish) – CGC 9.4 (Highest Graded, Pop 2)
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