Billy Cannon

Player of American football Billy Cannon

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.
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Utah commission: Keep 'Negro Bill Canyon' the same
Fox News - 7 months
A Utah state commission is recommending preserving the name of Utah's Negro Bill Canyon after receiving conflicting information over whether the name is offensive.
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Bob Lanier on Bud Adams: ‘two old fighters … developed a friendly relationship’
Houston Chronicle - over 4 years
Former Houston mayor Bob Lanier, whose dispute with Oilers owner Bud Adams over a proposed new stadium was followed by Adams’ decision to move the Oilers to Tennessee, said today in the wake of Adams’ death that time had mellowed their longtime disagreements. “I remember his bringing the AFL to Houston, the signing of Billy Cannon (in 1960) to give the team a star, when he hired Bum Phillips, when he hired Earl Campbell and when he fired Bum and traded Earl,” Lanier said in a statement. “After the team left town and a few years had passed,  he wrote me a nice letter when I left office. I feel like we are two old fighters that fought in the ring but in their waning years developed a friendly relationship.”
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Ex-LSU Heisman winner Billy Cannon hospitalized
Fox News - about 5 years
Billy Cannon's family said the former LSU Heisman Trophy winner was hospitalized Tuesday after suffering a stroke.
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Chairman puts county administrator on paid leave - Arab Tribune
Google News - over 6 years
Wilson, who started in August 2007, replaced the late Marshall County Commission Chairman Billy Cannon, who had been doubling as administrator since Pam Gilmore had retired the previous year. Gilmore held the job more than 30 years
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Top10 you DON'T want to lead Hotty Toddy - OleMissInsider.com (subscription)
Google News - over 6 years
Her, him, er IT needs to marry Rosie O"Donnelll and move to Cuba. anymore wrestlers! i just can't take it. when i think of wrestlers, i think of TUS (the utter school), TSBU (the school beneath us), cow college, mississippi a&m, etc... why billy cannon
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Ultimate SEC moments: Steve Spurrier spurs Gators to greatness, LSU's Billy ... - The Birmingham News - al.com
Google News - over 6 years
It's a nightmare memory, courtesy of Billy Cannon. As a junior, Cannon led LSU to its first national title and a perfect 1958 season. A year later, on Oct. 31, 1959, he delivered a heartbreaking Ole Miss defeat, breaking nine tackles on an 89-yard
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Tennessee Titans Gamble on Chris Johnson Shows Bud Adams Forgets His Past - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 6 years
Billy Cannon had just won the 1959 Heisman Trophy and was at the top of everyone's list as the most desired college football player in the 1960 draft. Pete Rozelle was still the general manager of the Los Angeles Rams, but was about to assume the
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Tom Mattingly: Walk-throughs become strolls down memory lane - GoVolsXtra
Google News - over 6 years
Billy Cannon started his famous Halloween night punt return from that end, 89 yards up the east side, that helped defeat Ole Miss 7-3 in 1959. If the game were at Notre Dame, you could hear John Majors talk about games when he was at Pitt in the
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Oakland Raiders: Moving Pass the Past, Headed Toward the Future to Get TDs - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 6 years
It would be great to see a replay of the brilliance and effectiveness of guys like Billy Cannon, Hewitt Dixon, Pete Banaszak, Charlie Smith and Larry Todd. It certainly would be fantastic to see some of the players develop into outstanding
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Separately, trio of dances soar at Jacob's Pillow - Boston Globe
Google News - over 6 years
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dancers Billy Cannon and Katie Dehler performing “Red Sweet'' at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival. (Rosalie O'Connor) By Janine Parker BECKET - At Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival this week, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is demonstrating that
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'Bald-Faced Truth' with John Canzano: SEC perspective on Oregon-LSU game (audio) - OregonLive.com
Google News - over 6 years
While my parents and grandparents remember the Billy Cannon Run in Tiger Stadium run like it was yesterday, I remember "The Pick." I was in the stadium when it happened. I met some of my best friends during my four years in Eugene. As the song says,
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College Football: Power Ranking the Top 50 Programs of All Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 6 years
Their sole Heisman winner was Billy Cannon in 1959. Coming into 2011, LSU is viewed as a top-five team and will certainly compete to put a fourth National Championship in their trophy case. "The U" has had one of the best track records of producing
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The almanac - UPI.com
Google News - over 6 years
... author James Baldwin and actor Carroll O'Connor, both in 1924; filmmaker Wes Craven in 1939 (age 72); businessman and sports team owner Lamar Hunt in 1932; football Hall of Fame member Billy Cannon and musician Garth Hudson, both in 1937 (age 74);
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The ALMOST All-Time Oakland Raiders Offense - Gear Up For Sports (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Raymond Chester, Ethan Horton, and Billy Cannon deserve mention. Schuh was the Raiders first-round draft pick in 1965. Frank Youso began the year as a starter, but Schuh soon replaced him and would remain a starter the rest of his Raiders career
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Working his way to the Hall - South Bend Tribune
Google News - over 6 years
He barely mentioned the pressure involved with taking over at halfback for LSU legend Billy Cannon. "I was a right halfback because I didn't run as well from right to left as I did from left to right," Stovall said, rationalizing how he ended up in the
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Stovall hopes LSU teammates share in his induction honor - Alexandria Town Talk
Google News - over 6 years
Stovall's induction comes two years after that of Billy Cannon, LSU's only Heisman winner. "When you consider how many folks have gone before and how few are at that level and have been inducted, you sit back and you say 'Wow,'" Stovall told The
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Stovall looks forward to HOF induction - USA Today
Google News - over 6 years
Stovall's induction comes two years after that of Billy Cannon, LSU's only Heisman winner. "When you consider how many folks have gone before and how few are at that level and have been inducted, you sit back and you say 'wow,'" Stovall told The
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Timeline
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 78
    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.
  • 2013
    Age 75
    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.
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  • 2012
    Age 74
    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.
  • 2008
    Age 70
    The hall elected him a second time in 2008, and he was formally inducted during a ceremony on December 9 of that year.
  • 2003
    Age 65
    Cannon remains a respected and iconic figure in Louisiana sports, despite his legal troubles. During a homecoming game for LSU in 2003, he was honored by the university as he stood on the field between the first and second quarters.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 57
    In 1995, he was hired as a dentist at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, initially as a contractor.
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  • 1990
    Age 52
    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.
  • FORTIES
  • 1986
    Age 48
    Upon his release in 1986, he regained his dentistry license but struggled to rebuild his practice.
  • 1984
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 1983
    Age 45
    He had originally been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983, but the hall rescinded the honor before his induction due to his confessed involvement in the counterfeiting scheme.
    Despite a successful practice, by 1983 he was in financial difficulties from bad real estate investments and gambling debts.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 32
    As he was preparing to begin post-graduate studies in orthodontics at Loyola University in Chicago, Cannon received a call from Kansas City Chiefs head coach Hank Stram. Stram signed Cannon to a one-year contract and he played in six games for the Chiefs in 1970, catching two touchdowns before a season-ending injury convinced him to quit playing for good.
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    Cannon was released by the Raiders during the 1970 preseason.
  • 1969
    Age 31
    Head coach John Madden had relegated him to running decoy routes by 1969 and he had only two touchdowns.
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  • 1968
    Age 30
    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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 29
    His efforts helped the Raiders to the 1967 AFL Championship game against the Oilers and a 40–7 victory over his former team.
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    Cannon fully bought-in to the Raiders organization and game-plan by 1967 and believed a championship was near for the team.
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    He was moved to fullback and later tight end after being traded to the Raiders, with whom he won another league championship in 1967.
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  • 1964
    Age 26
    Cannon was traded to the Oakland Raiders before the 1964 season.
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  • 1963
    Age 25
    New leg injuries and lingering back problems caused Cannon to sit out much of the 1963 season.
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  • 1962
    Age 24
    Cannon injured his back in the third game of the 1962 season, and his production dropped.
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  • 1961
    Age 23
    The Sporting News named him to the 1961 AFL All-League Team and he was invited to play in the 1961 AFL All-Star Game.
  • 1960
    Age 22
    His 88-yard touchdown reception from quarterback George Blanda in the 1960 AFL Championship Game helped the Oilers become the inaugural AFL champions, and he was named the game's most valuable player.
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    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 21
    In November 1959, Cannon signed a contract with Los Angeles Rams general manager Pete Rozelle, in which he agreed to play for the Rams in the National Football League.
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    Shortly after the 1959 season, the LSU football team retired Cannon's number 20 jersey.
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    Cannon was awarded the Heisman Trophy as the nation's most outstanding player in 1959.
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    With Cannon and most defensive starters returning, LSU was expected to compete for another title in 1959.
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  • 1958
    Age 20
    In 1958, coach Dietzel implemented his "three-platoon system", which split the team into the "Go Team", the "White Team", and the "Chinese Bandits" The White Team made up the starting unit for the Tigers and was led by Cannon.
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    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1957
    Age 19
    Cannon began his varsity LSU football career as a sophomore in the 1957 season under coach Paul Dietzel.
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  • 1955
    Age 17
    In the summer of 1955, Cannon was given a 90-day suspended sentence for theft after he and some friends were caught roughing-up men they saw entering hotels with prostitutes.
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    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    Born on August 2, 1937.
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