Sunday, 19 January, 2020


Pat Sullivan, former Auburn quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, dies at 69

Pat Sullivan brought his Samford Bulldogs to play Auburn in 2014 Pat Sullivan brought his Samford Bulldogs to play Auburn in 2014
Noah Ferguson | 04 December, 2019, 08:54

Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy victor at Auburn who went on to coach TCU and Samford, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019.

He had a long career working in college football. and eventually bowed out completely in 2014. "The family is appreciative of everyone's outpouring of love and support", the statement said. "I was blessed", he said in 2016.

As the gold standard of Auburn football, Sullivan's career highlights under head coach Ralph Jordan include wins over top-10 teams like Florida, Tennessee and Georgia, as well as two Iron Bowl victories over Alabama.

"On behalf of the Auburn family, we are heartbroken by the passing of Pat Sullivan".

Pat Sullivan's lifelong influence on the game of football in Alabama was unlike anyone else.

A native of Birmingham, Sullivan was a three-year starter at quarterback at Auburn from 1969-71, winning the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 1971.

"That was the role the good Lord played in my life", Sullivan told me a few years ago.

Sullivan perhaps is best known for his playing career at Auburn, which netted him the program's first ever Heisman.

"Sullivan to Beasley" became a fabled moniker in Auburn lore, with No. 7 connecting with No. 88 for 1,051 yards, 52 receptions and 11 touchdowns to lead the SEC in 1970.

Sullivan's family released a statement saying he "died peacefully at home" Sunday morning, surrounded by relatives. Sullivan was an excellent runner, too, and in 1970 he led college football in total offense (2,856), and set an NCAA record for yards per play (8.57).

"Pat Sullivan has given everything and more than anything we could have asked Samford", said Samford President Andrew Westmoreland.

Auburn finished 9-2 that season and lost to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. Sullivan also won the Walter Camp Award that season. The Heisman Trophy victor had a varied career but was best known for his years as a college football quarterback and coach-and his optimism in the face of cancer, 247 Sports recalls.

According to a report from Auburn insider Brandon Marcello, former Tigers quarterback Pat Sullivan has died. He served as the Tigers quarterback coach from 1986 to 1991.

Sullivan was a second-round selection (No. 40 overall) in the 1972 NFL draft and went on to spend five seasons in the league, playing four with the Atlanta Falcons and one with the Washington Redskins before retiring following the 1976 season.

Sullivan coached at TCU from 1992-97 where he compiled a record of 24-42-1.

Sullivan and his wife, Jean, have three children, daughter Kim, and twins Kelly and Patrick.

"He was a kind and humble gentleman, who was an Auburn legend", Auburn athletic director Allen Greene said.

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