Billy Cannon

Player of American Football
Born Aug 2, 1937

Dr. William Abb "Billy" Cannon is an All-American, 1959 Heisman Trophy winner and 2008 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and one of the American Football League's most celebrated players. He was born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, and moved to Baton Rouge when his father got a job there during World War II. He graduated from Istrouma High School in 1956.… Read More

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1937 Birth Born on August 2, 1937.


1955 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In football, Cannon scored 39 touchdowns his senior year in 1955, in which he was named All-State and All-America and led the Istrouma Indians to a state championship. … Read More
1957 19 Years Old Cannon began his varsity LSU football career as a sophomore in the 1957 season under coach Paul Dietzel. … Read More


1958 20 Years Old 1 More Event
…  At LSU, Cannon was twice named a unanimous All-American, helped the 1958 team win a national championship, and received the Heisman Trophy as the nation's most outstanding college player in 1959. … Read More
With Cannon and most defensive starters returning, LSU was expected to compete for another title in 1959. … Read More
1960 22 Years Old 1 More Event
He was selected as the first overall pick the 1960 National Football League draft and as a first-round territorial pick in the 1960 American Football League draft, resulting in a contract dispute that ended in court. … Read More
1961 - 1962 2 More Events
1963 25 Years Old New leg injuries and lingering back problems caused Cannon to sit out much of the 1963 season. … Read More
1964 26 Years Old Cannon was traded to the Oakland Raiders before the 1964 season. … Read More
He was moved to fullback and later tight end after being traded to the Raiders, with whom he won another league championship in 1967. … Read More


1968 30 Years Old Cannon had a modest 1968 season in which he caught six touchdown passes—including one of 48 yards in the second quarter of the infamous Heidi Game—but knew he would not be in Oakland much longer.
1969 31 Years Old Head coach John Madden had relegated him to running decoy routes by 1969 and he had only two touchdowns. … Read More
1970 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Cannon was released by the Raiders during the 1970 preseason.


1983 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite a successful practice, by 1983 he was in financial difficulties from bad real estate investments and gambling debts. … Read More
1984 46 Years Old Cannon married his high school sweetheart, Dot Dupuy, while they were both freshmen at LSU. They have five children together. His son Billy Cannon Jr. played as a linebacker for Texas A&M and was selected in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. … Read More
1986 48 Years Old Upon his release in 1986, he regained his dentistry license but struggled to rebuild his practice.


1990 52 Years Old In 1990, Cannon was an honorary pallbearer at the funeral of former Teamsters Union business agent Edward Grady Partin, whose testimony in 1964 had sent Jimmy Hoffa to prison for jury tampering.
1995 57 Years Old In 1995, he was hired as a dentist at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, initially as a contractor. … Read More


2003 - 2008 2 More Events
2012 74 Years Old In 2012, Cannon was retroactively given the Jet Award as a "legacy" winner for the 1959 season, honoring the top return specialist in college football.
2013 75 Years Old Cannon currently resides in St. Francisville, Louisiana with his wife Dot. On February 19, 2013, Cannon was hospitalized in intensive care in Baton Rouge after suffering a stroke. … Read More
2016 78 Years Old As of 2016, Cannon remains LSU's only Heisman winner, and his number 20 jersey remains one of only two jerseys retired by LSU football.
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