A former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback reportedly passed away this weekend.
According to a report from Auburn insider Brandon Marcello, former Tigers quarterback Pat Sullivan has died. He was 69 years old.
Sullivan was diagnosed with mouth cancer in 2003. Marcello revealed Sullivan took his nourishment through a feeding tube after 2011.
Terrible news: Former Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan has died. https://t.co/xnTH1uK1SQ
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) December 1, 2019
Sullivan had a standout career with the Tigers, winning a Heisman Trophy in 1971. During his senior season, Sullivan completed 162 passes on 281 attempts for 2,012 yards and 20 touchdowns en route to the Heisman. He also won the Walter Camp award as well.
Following his collegiate career, the Atlanta Falcons selected Sullivan in the second round of the 1972 NFL draft. Sullivan couldn’t replicate his collegiate success at the NFL level, playing in just 30 games for the Falcons and Washington Redskins.
He tried his hand a coaching after leaving the NFL in 1977.
Sullivan coached at TCU from 1992-97 where he compiled a record of 24-42-1. After serving as UAB’s offensive coordinator from 1999-2006, Sullivan earned another head coaching gig with the Samford Bulldogs. He led the Bulldogs to a playoff appearance in 2013, and finished with a 71-85-1 record.
Auburn retired Sullivan’s No. 7 jersey and he was inducted into the college football Hall of Fame.
Our thoughts are with the Sullivan family and Auburn community.