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Those are talents Marecic hopes to take to the NFL, where he sees himself playing fullback. Hornung thinks Marecic would have fit right in on the Packers teams of the 60s.

“He’s a tough kid, Lombardi would have liked that,” Hornung said.

Hornung shakes his head at how big the game has become and remembers all the empty seats at the old L.A. Coliseum when the Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first Super Bowl.

He watched Green Bay pound its way to a 35-10 win from the sideline, hampered by a neck injury that would ultimately end his career.

Hornung said Lombardi asked him at one point if he’d like to go in the game. Hornung declined, saying the risk outweighed the reward. Still, the $15,000 winner’s check proved to be pretty sweet, even though today’s players will earn more than six times that much for capturing the Lombardi Trophy.

He believes that team will be Green Bay again, with the Packers making the tiny Wisconsin town Titletown again.

“They have that look,” he said. “I remember being on teams that had that look.”