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Book Reveals Gambling in NFL

22 September 2004

UNITED STATES – As reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: "In his new book, 'Golden Boy,' Paul Hornung says gambling in the National Football League was going on among players and owners long before he entered the league in 1957.

"Hornung, who played for the Packers from 1957-'66, was suspended for the 1963 season by Commissioner Pete Rozelle for gambling.

"'The biggest bet I ever made in those days was $800, and I always bet on us to win'," Hornung writes, referring to his gambling when he was with the Packers. 'But it was just for fun, more than anything. I don't think I ever won or lost more than $2,000 on a season, which was peanuts for a guy making $100,000 a year to film four commercials for Chevrolet and another $75,000 from Marlboro.'

"…Hornung says gambling was part of the culture of growing up in Louisville, Ky., and that 'Green Bay was like Louisville in that gambling was more or less a way of life.'…"

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