Billy Cannon

Football Player

Birthday August 2, 1937

Birth Sign Leo

Birthplace Philadelphia, MS

DEATH DATE May 18, 2018 (80)

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Won the 1959 Heisman Trophy while playing at LSU and in 2008, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Before Fame

He was a high-school star athlete in both football and track; he was known for being able to throw the 16-pound shot put 54 feet.


After retiring from his pro-football career, he became a dentist; he was later convicted of counterfeiting and served time in jail.

Family Life

He fathered four daughters and one son with his wife Dorothy. His son, Billy Jr., was drafted in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.

Associated With

He was friends with one of the men who testified against Jimmy Hoffa.