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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

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    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...
    Any chance that nickname would fly today?

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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    My dad is an LSU fan (for reasons only known to himself, not me ;-) ). Bill Cannon was his favorite. Glad to hear he's recovering well. That being said, LSU -- no offense then and no offense now. Sorry. Couldn't help myself. ;-)
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

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    Any chance that nickname would fly today?
    Probably not "PC" enough now...
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    I was in the South End Zone stands that night. I remember it looked like a wave of people coming at us. I could see people thrown onto the field. After things settled down everyone in the South stands had to move over the chainlink fence in the back of the endzone. I was 13 and we were sitting down just out of the endzone and LSU tried a swing pass to Cannon and he came pounding into us and other players just crashed into the crowd on the ground. Scared me to death. Met him years later in Baton Rouge and he was recently released prom prison but he was a gentleman.

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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Quote Originally Posted by fjc666 View Post
    I was in the South End Zone stands that night. I remember it looked like a wave of people coming at us. I could see people thrown onto the field. After things settled down everyone in the South stands had to move over the chainlink fence in the back of the endzone. I was 13 and we were sitting down just out of the endzone and LSU tried a swing pass to Cannon and he came pounding into us and other players just crashed into the crowd on the ground. Scared me to death. Met him years later in Baton Rouge and he was recently released prom prison but he was a gentleman.
    Wow! You're the first one I've heard who was actually in the EZ that night...
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Have to be REALLY old to have been there. Was my first Alabama game. Coach Bryant played at least one game a year in Mobile for a few years. Saw them play Tulane,Mississippi Southern, and NC State when they had Roman Gabriel at quarterback. My father always payed a few more bucks for sideline seats after the LSU game.

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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

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    Have to be REALLY old to have been there. Was my first Alabama game. Coach Bryant played at least one game a year in Mobile for a few years. Saw them play Tulane,Mississippi Southern, and NC State when they had Roman Gabriel at quarterback. My father always payed a few more bucks for sideline seats after the LSU game.
    Well, that was my freshman year at Bama...
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    Quote Originally Posted by fjc666 View Post
    Have to be REALLY old to have been there. Was my first Alabama game. Coach Bryant played at least one game a year in Mobile for a few years. Saw them play Tulane,Mississippi Southern, and NC State when they had Roman Gabriel at quarterback. My father always payed a few more bucks for sideline seats after the LSU game.
    I was up in the stands, somewhere around midfield, so I didn't really didn't get a good look. After all the sirens started, I could see them hauling folks off and it was obvious that the stands were damaged and lower. Only a question of time before something even worse happens at Legion Field...
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    I think the entire upper deck is gone at Legion Field now. I believe it was condemned a few years ago and they had to take it down. Not that it was ever used by the current tenant.

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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

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    I was up in the stands, somewhere around midfield, so I didn't really didn't get a good look. After all the sirens started, I could see them hauling folks off and it was obvious that the stands were damaged and lower. Only a question of time before something even worse happens at Legion Field...
    Showing our age aren,t we!!

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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

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    Showing our age aren,t we!!
    Mine's not a big secret around here. However, I'm lucky enough to look younger than I am, I'm told. Hope they're telling the truth...
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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

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    Mine's not a big secret around here. However, I'm lucky enough to look younger than I am, I'm told. Hope they're telling the truth...
    I agree you do not look your age nor does your wife. In 1958 it must have taken you about 5 hours to drive to Mobile. Still takes time today and a lot more cars on game day going Hwys 43,5,25,69. A lot of 4 lanes now but still some 2 lanes and the local cops love to see cars from Mobile. Only have one ticket myself in all these years.

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    Re: Former Heisman winner Billy Cannon suffers stroke

    I'll never forget seeing his Heisman trophy in a display case at TJ Ribs restaurant in Baton Rouge back in '93. I used to travel there in the early '90's every couple of months or so. That was by far my favorite trip as I would fly into NO and drive to Baton Rouge where my employer at the time had a rehab hospital and outpatient facility.

    I believe Cannon was sort of duped into his role regarding his conviction on financial crimes or whatever but was considered a model prisoner and performed dental work for the prison during his time there.
    Ask me about my vow of silence.

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