Billy Cannon was Louisiana.
Only two people on this planet can say they’ve had their number retired in the West side of Tiger Stadium: One of them is Billy Cannon. Only one person can say they’ve brought a Heisman trophy back to Baton Rouge: That is Billy Cannon. Noticeably, Death Valley has bred football players; however, none greater than No. 20.
It’s Halloween Night and Cannon Blasts. With arguably the memorable play in the programs storied history, Cannon forever etched his legacy in Baton Rouge, winning the school’s lone Heisman and leading the Tigers to a national championship in 1958.
“Billy Cannon was LSU football through and through. He was a legend. He will be missed and never forgotten,” tweeted Coach O.
Cannon turned professional with the Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs and was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Though, with a successful pro career, it remained clear where his legacy would forever be cemented. That would be the flagship university.
Cannon passed away peacefully at his St. Francisville home on Sunday morning. He was 80 years old. (1937-2018)
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