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1959 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon dies at age 80

File-This 1958 file photo shows Billy Cannon (20), Louisiana State University halfback. Cannon, the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner, died Sunday, May 20, 2018. He was 80. (Associated Press)
File-This 1958 file photo shows Billy Cannon (20), Louisiana State University halfback. Cannon, the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner, died Sunday, May 20, 2018. He was 80. (Associated Press)
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. – Billy Cannon, the gifted running back who won the Heisman for LSU in 1959 with memorable Halloween night punt return touchdown against Mississippi, has died. He was 80.

LSU officials said Cannon died at his home in St. Francisville on Sunday morning.

Cannon led the Tigers to a national championship in 1958 and won the Heisman following year, highlighted by his famous tackle-breaking 89-yard return that beat Ole Miss 703.

He went on to a successful pro career with the Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs. He became a dentist after retiring from football.

Cannon served three years in federal prison for counterfeiting in the mid-1980s. He was inducted into the college football Hall of Fame in 2008.

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