Billy Cannon, who won the 1959 Heisman Trophy at LSU and helped the Houston Oilers to the 1960 and 1961 AFL Championship, was hospitalized in Baton Rouge after suffering a stroke, LSU announced.
The university said that Cannon would remain in the hospital tonight while doctors run tests to determine the severity of the stroke.
His family expressed thanks to fans and friends for the support and prayers they’ve received.
Cannon helped lead LSU to its first AP National Championship in 1958, and became the first player at LSU to have his number retired after winning the Heisman Trophy in 1959.
Cannon then went to the Houston Oilers after a bidding war between Bud Adams and the Houston Oilers and the NFL. Adams eventually won out and Cannon helped Houston win the AFL Championship in the league’s first two years. Cannon was the MVP of the Championship Game both seasons.