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Packers legend Hornung to place first legal sports bet at casino

12th September, 16:53

"This has always been my home ... And I'll never leave," said Paul Hornung, checking out the 7-foot statue of him with his wife, Angela, outside Louisville Slugger Field last night.

Thursday marked the opening of a sports book in Clark County, Indiana, a move that came after the state of Indiana legalized sports betting on Sept. 1.

At Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth in Southern Indiana, former Green Bay Packers star Paul Hornung was set to place the ceremonial first wager, which is somwhat amusing when you consider Hornung's history with gambling.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer, 83, was the first overall pick in the 1957 NFL Draft and won four NFL championships with the Packers as the team's halfback and kicker.

He also was suspended from the NFL for the entire 1963 season for gambling.

According to Pro Football Talk, part of Hornung's agreement with then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle to get reinstated was to avoid any contact with football betting and stop traveling to Las Vegas. He also was barred from attending the Kentucky Derby, something he had dome since childhood. He still lives in Louisville today, but he did play college football at Notre Dame in Indiana. Elizabeth is just across the Kentucky/Indiana border, just more than 20 miles from Louisville.

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Sports betting has gained increasingly greater legal standing across the country. It's reached full legality in 13 states, including Iowa, and bills have been passed in six others, including Illinois.