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    Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

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    Did not see this posted anywhere. One of the all time greats in college football. His Halloween night run against Ole Miss is still one of the epic moments in SEC football history. His life is one of poverty, to national notoriety, to fall from grace, and rising again to being a hero to prison inmates in Louisiana. He was and will always be one of my childhood heroes. Prayers for a complete recovery Billy.
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Prayers answered "yes", J. III.

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    Good report.

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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Thanks RMM.
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Saw him in Coach Bryant's 1st game in 1958 in Mobile. Like Bo and Herschell, he was an amazing blend of strength and speed. Was a sprinter and shot putter for LSU and I believe he was the SEC champ in both one year.

    He remains one of the fastest players I've ever seen in uniform to this day and those uni's back then were a lot heavier than today.
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Billy is as iconic to LSU as Joe Wille is to our folks. In the minds of their fans, both represent the apex of their respective programs.

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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Little known fact about that 1959 game against Ole Miss; Cannon played both ways. In fact after his run that put LSU ahead 7-3, Ole Miss drove inside the LSU five yard and Cannon was in on a game saving tackle to preserve the win. In his day he was every bit the equal of Herschel and Bo.
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Quote Originally Posted by TommyMac View Post
    Saw him in Coach Bryant's 1st game in 1958 in Mobile. Like Bo and Herschell, he was an amazing blend of strength and speed. Was a sprinter and shot putter for LSU and I believe he was the SEC champ in both one year.

    He remains one of the fastest players I've ever seen in uniform to this day and those uni's back then were a lot heavier than today.
    I was there too. How long did it take you to realize that the end zone stands had collapsed?
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Quote Originally Posted by TIDE-HSV View Post
    I was there too. How long did it take you to realize that the end zone stands had collapsed?
    It took a while, it happened at the half and lots of folks were moving around so it wasn't as obvious as it would normally have been, Even then it took a while to find out exactly what happened.
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Quote Originally Posted by TommyMac View Post
    It took a while, it happened at the half and lots of folks were moving around so it wasn't as obvious as it would normally have been, Even then it took a while to find out exactly what happened.
    I didn't realize it until all the ambulances started arriving...
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Quote Originally Posted by GrayTide View Post
    Little known fact about that 1959 game against Ole Miss; Cannon played both ways. In fact after his run that put LSU ahead 7-3, Ole Miss drove inside the LSU five yard and Cannon was in on a game saving tackle to preserve the win. In his day he was every bit the equal of Herschel and Bo.
    Thanks for the post and very sorry to hear this Gray - here's a video which shows both his winning punt return and his game-saving tackle.

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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Quote Originally Posted by GrayTide View Post
    Little known fact about that 1959 game against Ole Miss; Cannon played both ways. In fact after his run that put LSU ahead 7-3, Ole Miss drove inside the LSU five yard and Cannon was in on a game saving tackle to preserve the win. In his day he was every bit the equal of Herschel and Bo.
    Of course almost everyone played both ways. LSU was different in that they had a 3rd string which only played defense. Dietzel named them the "Chinese Bandits," and convinced them they could stop anyone. He got a lot of mileage out of what was basically a bunch of scrubs. However, they gave a blow to the 1st and 2nd stringers...
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    The "Go Team" and the "White Team" were the others, and you are right Earle most everyone back then played both ways.
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    White Team consisted of Billy Hendrix, Lynn LeBlanc, Larry Kahlden, Max Fugler, Ed McCreedy, Bo Strange, Mickey Mangham, Warren Rabb, Billy Cannon, Johnny Robinson, and Red Brodnax.

    Go Team in the middle, White Team on the bottom. The stuff Tigah dreams are made of.

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