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Billy Cannon

Billy Cannon at LSU
Date of birth August 2, 1937 (1937-08-02) (age 69)
Place of birth Flag of United States Philadelphia, Mississippi
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg)
Position(s) RB, HB, TE
College LSU
NFL Draft 1960 / Round 1 / Pick 1
AFL Draft 1960 / Round 1
Career highlights
Pro Bowls AFL All-Star 1961, 1969
Awards 1959 Heisman Trophy
Honors AFL Rushing leader, 1961
Stats
Statistics
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Team(s)
1960-1963
1964-1969
1970
AFL Houston Oilers
AFL Oakland Raiders
NFL Kansas City Chiefs

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City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... City Kansas City, Missouri Team colors Red, White, and Gold Head Coach Herman Edwards Owner The Hunt Family (Clark Hunt, chairman)[1] General manager Carl Peterson Mascot K.C. Wolf (1989-present) Warpaint (1963-1988) League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League... August 2 is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... All-American, a Broadway musical with book by Mel Brooks, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Lee Adams, opened in New York on March 19, 1962, and played 80 performances. ... Official Logo The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (often known simply as the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman), named after former college football player and coach John Heisman, is awarded annually to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the U.S. The award is considered the highest individual player honor... Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College at Baton Rouge, generally known as Louisiana State University or LSU, is a public, coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the main campus of the Louisiana State University System. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ...


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. Philadelphia is a city located in Neshoba County, Mississippi. ... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

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College

Cannon played three seasons for LSU: 1957, 1958, and 1959. In 1958, Cannon led LSU to its first AP national championship. #1 LSU clinched the title in the Sugar Bowl, beating #12 Clemson 7-0. The only score was a pass from Cannon to Mickey Mangham. In 1959, Cannon led #1 LSU to a victory over #3 Ole Miss. The Tigers were trailing 3-0 when Cannon returned a punt 89 yards for a TD, breaking seven tackles. It was the only TD of the game, resulting in a 7-3 victory for LSU in Tiger Stadium. That year, Cannon won the Heisman Trophy. Other big games from Cannon's time at LSU were unranked LSU's 20-13 victory over #17 Georgia Tech in 1957, #1 LSU's 14-0 victory over #6 Ole Miss in 1958, and #1 LSU's 10-0 victory over #9 TCU in 1959. The No. 20 worn by Cannon was retired after the 1959 season. It is the only number that LSU has retired. The LSU Tigers football team represents Louisiana State University in NCAA Division I-A college football. ... The 1958 LSU Tigers football team won the AP and Coaches Poll National Championships, the first recognized national championship for LSU in the poll era. ... Tiger Stadium is the home field of Louisiana State University football team. ...


AFL

Cannon had an uncommon combination of brute strength with the speed of a sprinter. A track and field coach is reported to have remarked during his college career that he could have lost 15 pounds and won the Olympic gold in the 100 meter dash, or gained 15 pounds and won the Olympic gold in the shotput. In 1960, his signing by the Houston Oilers followed a fierce bidding war that began when Oilers owner Bud Adams met Cannon in the end zone following LSU's Sugar Bowl victory, and ended in court, with the AFL winning against the NFL. That put the fledgling league on the football map. Cannon, at halfback, scored an 88-yard touchdown on a pass from George Blanda in the first AFL Championship game, a 24-16 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. He scored the only touchdown in the Oilers’ repeat victory over the then-San Diego Chargers in the second-ever AFL Championship game. 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Kenneth Stanley Bud Adams, Jr. ... Latrell loves him some MIRACLE WHIP!! sho nuff and mashmell The end zone is a term in both Canadian football and American football. ... LSU (Louisiana State University) is a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the Southeastern Conference. ... This article is about the American football game. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional league of American football that operated from 1960 to 1969. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... Look up Football in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... High school running back A running back, halfback or tailback is the position of a player on an American and Canadian football team who lines up in the offensive backfield. ... George Frederick Blanda (b. ... From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ... The San Diego Chargers are a National Football League team based in San Diego, California. ... City San Diego, California Other nicknames Bolts, Super Chargers Team colors Navy Blue, White, and Gold Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer Owner Alex Spanos George Pernicano (Minority owner (3%)) General manager A.J. Smith Fight song San Diego Super Chargers League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960...


Cannon amassed 2,043 all-purpose yards in 1961, and led the league in rushing. He played for the Oilers from 1960 through 1963 and went to the Oakland Raiders in 1964. Al Davis converted him to tight end during the 1964 season, and he finished his career as one of the best players of all time at that position. Cannon made the AFL All-star team as a halfback in 1961, and as a tight end in 1969. In 1967, he scored 10 recieving touchdowns. He scored a total of 64 touchdowns in his career, 47 of them receiving. He played in a total of six AFL Championship games, winning twice with the Oilers and once with the Raiders. 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... In real-time strategy (RTS) and team-based first-person shooter (FPS) computer games, a rush is a fast attack at the beginning of the game. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black, Da Raidahs Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Allen Al Davis (born July 4, 1543 in Brockton, Massachusetts) is an American football executive, who currently serves as the president and managing general partner of the NFLs Oakland Raiders. ... The tight end (TE) is a position in American football on the offensive team. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL include American Football League All-Star Games in their statistics for Pro Bowls. From 1961 through 1969, the AFL East All-Stars played the AFL West All-Stars, with the exception of 1965, when an AFL All-Star team played the... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... A touchdown is the primary method of scoring in American and Canadian football, in which the ball carrier causes the football to break the plane of the end zone, or an eligible receiver catches a forward pass in the end zone, thus earning 6 points for his team (in both...


Billy Cannon is one of twenty players who played the entire ten years of the American Football League's existence.


Later life

Cannon later became an orthodontist and subsequently served time in federal prison for counterfeiting. His life is claimed to be the vaguely disguised subject matter of the novel (and subsequent motion picture) Everybody's All-American by sportswriter Frank Deford, although Deford denies this. Orthodontics is the specialty in dentistry that studies the alteration of the alignment of crooked teeth. ... This is a list of U.S. federal prisons. ... For other uses, see Counterfeit (disambiguation). ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Everybodys All-American is a novel by longtime Sports Illustrated contributor Frank Deford that was made into a subsequent motion picture directed by Taylor Hackford. ... Sportswriting is a form of journalism who writes and reports on sports topics and events. ... Frank Deford (born December 16, 1938, in Baltimore, Maryland) is a senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated, author, and commentator. ...


Cannon's Heisman Trophy is displayed at T.J. Ribs restaurant in Baton Rouge. Cannon has eaten for free there since 1986 when, short on cash, he sold the trophy to restaurant owner Tom Moran. Official Logo The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (often known simply as the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman), named after former college football player and coach John Heisman, is awarded annually to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the U.S. The award is considered the highest individual player honor... Capitol Building Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana, a state of the United States of America. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Billy's son Billy Cannon, Jr. played linebacker for Texas A&M and was selected in the first round of the NFL draft in 1984, by the Dallas Cowboys. Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Preceded by
Pete Dawkins
Heisman Trophy Winner
1959
Succeeded by
Joe Bellino
Preceded by
Abner Haynes
American Football League Rushing Leader
1961 (14 games)
948 yds, 4.7 yds/att
Succeeded by
Cookie Gilchrist

Peter Miller Dawkins (born March 8, 1938 in Royal Oak, Michigan) is a former U.S. Army Brigadier General, Heisman Trophy winner, Rhodes Scholar, and businessman. ... Official Logo The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (often known simply as the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman), named after former college football player and coach John Heisman, is awarded annually to the most outstanding collegiate football player in the U.S. The award is considered the highest individual player honor... Joseph Bellino (born March 13, 1938 in Winchester, Massachusetts) is a former Heisman Trophy-winning American football player. ... Abner Haynes (born September 19, 1937 in Denton, Texas) was a United States football player. ... In its ten years of existence, two American Football League rushing leaders were also AFL Rookies of the Year: The Dallas Texans Abner Haynes in 1960, and the San Diego Chargers Dickie Post in 1969. ... Carlton Chester Cookie Gilchrist (born May 25, 1935 in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania) was an American football player in the American Football League. ...

References

  • "Still Running" by Josh Peter, "The Times-Picayune", December 31, 2003

See also


  Results from FactBites:
 
Heisman.com - Heisman Trophy (204 words)
Billy Cannon of Louisiana State University gained 598 yards rushing, an average of ran them back for 221 yards, returned eight kickoffs for 191 yards, scored seven touchdowns and punted 44 times for an average of 40.3 yards.
Cannon went on to a distinguished career in pro ball with the Houston Oilers (4 years), the Oakland Raiders (6 years) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1 year).
LSU star Billy Cannon was a runaway winner, with his 1,316-point margin over Richie Lucas of Penn State ranking was the ninth highest in Heisman history.
Billy Cannon - definition of Billy Cannon in Encyclopedia (384 words)
Billy Cannon (born 1937), the All-American and 1959 Heisman Trophy winner from Louisiana State University, was one of the American Football League's most celebrated combatants.
Cannon amassed 2,043 all-purpose yards in 1961, and led the league in rushing.
Billy Cannon is one of twenty players who played the entire ten years of the American Football League, and is a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.
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