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Pat Sullivan
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Football Player
    (January 18, 1950-December 1, 2019)
    Born in Birmingham, Alabama
    Quarterback
    Attended Auburn
    Heisman Trophy winner (1971)
    Played for the Atlanta Falcons (1972-75) and Washington Redskins (1976)
    Head coach at Texas Christian University (1992-97) and Samford University (2007-14)
    Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (1991)
    #7 retired by the Auburn Tigers
    He was so heavily recruited in high school that his parents created a weekly schedule in which Mondays were reserved for dinners with Alabama coaches, Tuesdays for Auburn.
    He was considered short for a pro quarterback and played in only 30 games in the NFL.
    Louisiana State expressed interest in hiring him as head coach, but refused to pay $400,000 to buy out his contract with TCU (1994).
    In high school, he was a star in baseball and basketball as well as football.
    He set a NCAA record for yards per play (8.57 in 1970).
    He edged out Ed Marinaro in the closest vote in Heisman Trophy history.
    He was also an excellent student and was named an Academic All-American.
    He spent his last three seasons as a head coach on a feeding tube as a result of damages from radiation treatment for cancer.

Credit: C. Fishel


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