Former collegiate football star Billy Cannon passed away peacefully in his home early Sunday morning the LSU football program announced. He was 80 years old.
Cannon, a Baton Rouge native, was a legend in the LSU program who claimed the Heisman Trophy in 1959 as a halfback.
He led the Tigers to the national championship in 1958 after finishing the regular season undefeated and beating Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, in which he scored all seven points for the Tigers (he even kicked the extra point).
Cannon was later inducted into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
Cannon went on the play for the Houston Oilers in the AFL and was a three-time AFL champion during his career. He led the AFL in rushing during the 1961 season before switching to the tight end position with the Oakland Raiders.
Cannon's No. 20 jersey was retired by the LSU Tigers in 1960.