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Encyclopedia > Pat Sullivan (American football)

Patrick Joseph Sullivan (born January 18, 1950) is a former American football player, winner of the 1971 Heisman Trophy, former college football coach as offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and was named head coach on November 30, 2006. January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award (also known simply as the Heisman Trophy or The Heisman), named after former college football player and coach John Heisman, is considered the most prestigious award in American college football. ... A college football game between Colorado State University and the Air Force Academy. ... In sports, a coach is an individual involved in the direction and instruction of the on-field operations of an athletic team or of individual athletes. ... The University of Alabama at Birmingham (also known as UAB) is a public, coeducational university located in Birmingham, Alabama. ...


Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Sullivan began his athletic career as a three-sport star at Birmingham's John Carroll Catholic High School. Although a talented baseball and basketball player, he chose to play football for Auburn University where he would become the starting quarterback in 1969 under the tutelage of head coach Shug Jordan. Over the next three seasons, the 6' tall and 190 lb. Sullivan would break school and NCAA records for passing while leading the team to a 26-7 record. In 1970, he led the NCAA in total offense with 2856 yards and set an NCAA record for most yards per play with 8.57. In his career, he was responsible for 71 touchdowns (53 passing/18 rushing) to tie the NCAA record. In his senior season, Sullivan completed 162 passes on 281 attempts for 2012 yards and 20 touchdowns. This performance was enough to edge out Ed Marinaro for the 1971 Heisman Trophy. Also an excellent student, Sullivan was named an Academic All-American and graduated with a bachelor's of science in business administration in 1972. Nickname: The Magic City, Pittsburgh of the South, BHam, The Ham Location in Jefferson County in the state of Alabama Coordinates: Country United States State Alabama County Jefferson, Shelby Mayor Bernard Kincaid (D) Area    - City 151. ... John Carroll Catholic High School   John Carroll Catholic High School, located in Birmingham, Alabama, is one of six Catholic high schools serving the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama. ... Auburn University (AU or Auburn) is a state university located in Auburn, Alabama, in the United States. ... NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. ... Ralph Shug Jordan (JUR-dan) is the winningest football coach at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Ed Marinaro (born March 31, 1950 in New York City) is an American actor and former football player. ...

After college, Sullivan had a short professional football career playing first with the Atlanta Falcons from 1972 to 1976 and then the Washington Redskins in 1976 and 1977. He left football to enter private business in Birmingham where he worked in insurance and as a tire company executive. Sullivan also spent five seasons doing color commentary for Auburn football games before joining the staff at Auburn in 1986 as quarterbacks coach under head coach Pat Dye. He worked with AU quarterbacks Jeff Burger, Reggie Slack, and Stan White during his six years at Auburn. City Atlanta, Georgia Team colors Black, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Jim L. Mora Owner Arthur Blank General manager Rich McKay Mascot Freddie Falcon League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1966–present) Eastern Conference (1966) Western Conference (1967-69) Coastal Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC... City Landover, Maryland Other nicknames The Skins Team colors Burgundy and Gold Head Coach Joe Gibbs Owner Daniel Snyder General manager Vinny Cerrato Fight song Hail to the Redskins League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1932–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern Conference (1953-1969) Capitol... Patrick Fain Dye (born November 6, 1939, in Blythe, Georgia) was an American college football coach most notable for his tenure as the head coach at Auburn University from 1981 until 1992. ...

On January 2, 1992, Sullivan became the 27th head football coach of Texas Christian University, inheriting a probation-wracked team. After two losing seasons, he led TCU to a 7-5 mark in 1994 to win a share of the Southwest Conference championship. The next season produced another winning record of 6-5 before TCU joined the Western Athletic Conference in 1996 and fell once again on hard times. Losing seasons in 1997 and 1998 resulted in Sullivan's resignation in November 1998 with an overall record of 24-42-1. However, he is best noted for recruiting LaDainian Tomlinson to play at TCU. Texas Christian University is a private, coeducational university located in Fort Worth, Texas. ... The Southwest Conference (SWC) was a college athletic conference in the United States, now defunct. ... It has been suggested that Western Athletic Conference Mens Basketball Tournament be merged into this article or section. ... LaDainian Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979 in Rosebud, Texas) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. Tomlinson is a Texas Christian University alumnus. ...

In January 1999, Sullivan became the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of UAB. He helped develop Darrell Hackney into the best quarterback in UAB history who was able to make it to the NFL as an undrafted free agent picked up by the Cleveland Browns. Darrell Hackney (born August 7, 1983 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a current American Football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns. ... City Cleveland, Ohio Team colors Seal Brown, Orange, and White Head Coach Romeo Crennel Owner Randy Lerner General manager Phil Savage Mascot CB, Chomps, TD, and Trapper League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division (1946-1948) National Football League (1950–present) American Conference (1950-1952) Eastern...

After neck surgery in September 2003, Sullivan was diagnosed with throat cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) and began chemotherapy and radiation treatments in December. In April 2004, doctors told him he was clear of cancer cells but he continues to be monitored for recurrence. Sullivan missed only one game in the 2003 season due to treatment but lost around 50 pounds over the course of his treatment. In medicine, squamous cell carcinoma is a form of cancer of the carcinoma type that may occur in many different organs, including the skin, the esophagus, the lungs, and the cervix. ...

Sullivan is married to the former Jean Hicks of Birmingham and they have three children — Kim, and twins Kelly and Patrick, Jr.

On November 30, 2006, Pat Sullivan was hired to replace the horrible coach Watson Brown at UAB. This hire was due to the incredible influence of the Board of Trustees that limited UABs options.

Honors and awards

  • Heisman Trophy - 1971
  • All-American - 1970, 1971 (unanimous)
  • SEC Player of the Year - 1970, 1971
  • Gator Bowl Most Valuable Player - 1970
  • Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player - 1971
  • Senior Bowl Most Valuable Player - 1972
  • College All-Star Game Most Valuable Player - 1972
  • Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  • National Football Foundation Hall of Fame
  • Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame
  • Gator Bowl Hall of Fame
  • Senior Bowl Hall of Fame
  • College Football Hall of Fame - 1991
  • Southwest Conference Coach of the Year - 1994

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... The Gator Bowl is an annual college football bowl game that is played at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. ... A sugar bowl is a small bowl or designed for holding sugar or sugar cubes to be served with tea or coffee in the Western tradition. ... The Senior Bowl is an all-star college football exhibition game usually played either at or towards the end of the college football season in January. ...


December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Preceded by:
Jim Plunkett
Heisman Trophy Winner
Succeeded by:
Johnny Rodgers
Preceded by:
Jim Wacker
TCU Horned Frogs Head Football Coach
Succeeded by:
Dennis Franchione



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