Billy Cannon was one of the best players in college football history, primarily as a running back but was really a jack of all trades playing multiple positions in both his collegiate and pro careers. In his first season at LSU, Cannon played running back, defensive back, and was the team’s punter. In his junior season, Cannon began to gain widespread acclaim as he got more responsibility on offense with the graduation of incumbent starting running back Jim Taylor. Cannon was a first-team All-American and named a player of the year by many publications while leading the Tigers to an undefeated season and a National Championship.
During his senior season, Cannon would go on to win the Heisman Trophy in a landslide due to his great play on both offense and defense. Cannon’s Heisman year is most remembered by a punt return in which he broke seven tackles and took the punt 89 yards for a touchdown. The game was on Halloween and would be remembered as “Billy Cannon’s Halloween Run” as it won the game for the Tigers 7-3. Cannon was then drafted first overall in both the AFL and the NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers and Los Angeles Rams respectively but chose to play with the Oilers. In his first two seasons in the AFL, the Oilers won the Championship both years. In his second season in 1961, Cannon led the AFL in rushing with 987 yards. Cannon spent four seasons with the Oilers before being traded to the Oakland Raiders prior to the 1964 season. With the Raiders, Cannon played primarily as a tight end and spent six years in Oakland. The Raiders won the AFL in 1967, giving Cannon three AFL Championships. Cannon spent one season with the Kansas City Chiefs before retiring following the 1970 season.
LSU fans will always appreciate Billy Cannon for his incredible collegiate career. Cannon won championships at every level, first at LSU, then with the Houston Oilers, and ending with the Oakland Raiders in the AFL. Fans of Cannon now have the chance to get their own autographed collectibles from the great champion running back and tight end. All of our Cannon autographed memorabilia come certified authentic and will look amazing on display in your home or office.
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