LSU Heisman winner Billy Cannon hospitalized after stroke

Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Billy Cannon, a Heisman winner who led LSU to a title in 1959, is conscious and alert after suffering what was likely a stroke Tuesday afternoon in Baton Rouge.

Billy Cannon, LSU football great and winner of the 1959 Heisman Trophy, was treated for what was likely a stroke Tuesday afternoon, but the 75-year-old is reportedly alert and resting, per LSU.

Cannon, who has served as the resident dentist at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for more than 15 years, was taken to a Baton Rouge hospital after he appeared to be suffering stroke-like systems at 12:30 p.m. local time, according to The Advocate's report on the prison's warden. He made it through the initial issue, but will remain in the ICU overnight, according to LSU.

Cannon, a halfback, won the Heisman in 1959 after a 1958 season where he won several other player of the year honors and led the Tigers to the national championship. He threw the only touchdown scored by either team in the Tigers' Sugar Bowl win that cemented that title. He was named to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983, and was a three-time All-Star in the AFL.

He'll be remembered forever for this play, one of the most beloved in college football history:

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