Friends and fans of legendary LSU running back Billy Cannon remembered the late athlete as a kind, unique individual behind one of the most decorated plays in the university's history.

"There may be no other figure in LSU sports who was more beloved and revered," Joe Alleva, LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics, said. "His loss will be felt across the world today."

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A product of Istrouma High School, Cannon led the Tigers to the 1958 national championship. As a senior, he scored the winning touchdown in the 1959 game against the Ole Miss Rebels, commonly referred to as the Halloween run. 

His awards, in addition to the prestigious Heisman Trophy, include his induction into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975, the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008, Defensive Back of the Decade and induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in Natchitoches in 1976. 

Remembering LSU legend Billy Cannon: Heisman winner, football hero, more

University President Dr. F. King Alexander said calling Cannon a legend an "understatement."

"His talent catapulted LSU Athletics into the national limelight, but more than that, he had unwavering commitment to his alma mater. He will forever remain a part of the LSU legacy throughout the nation."

Former LSU running backs Jacob Hester and Derrius Guice recalled "talking football" with Cannon. Hester, who now plays for the Denver Broncos, described the Heisman Trophy winner as "one of the greatest to ever put on a Tigers uniform." 

"I always enjoyed my conversations with him and appreciated him taking the time to talk football with me," he said. "I'm beyond grateful to have met him."

Guice, who was recently drafted to the Washington Redskins, reminisced on his opportunities "to soak up" knowledge in his conversations. 

The Baton Rouge native's passing also drew attention from state officials. In a press release, Gov. John Bel Edwards described Cannon as "one of a kind" and asked Louisianans to pray for Cannon's wife and family.

"Billy's legacy at LSU will live on for generations, and every time we enter Tiger Stadium, we'll remember the impact he left on the players and fans who came after him," he said.

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