Auburn’s first Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan has died at the age of 69 at his home Sunday morning surrounded by his family.
Sullivan played for the Tigers from 1968-71, winning the Heisman Trophy in his final season when he passed for 2,262 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 66 yards and two more scores for a team that went 9-2.
Sullivan finished his career with 6,534 passing yards and 54 touchdowns through the air, plus another 18 on the ground. His No. 7 has been retired at Auburn, and he’s one of three players with a statue outside of Jordan-Hare Stadium, along with the program’s other Heisman Trophy winners, Bo Jackson and Cam Newton. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1991.
His family said in a statement released through Auburn University.
“He was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and fought a long and difficult battle as a result of his treatments,”The family is appreciative of everyone’s outpouring of love and support.”
Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Sullivan, one of Auburn’s all-time greats on and off the field, “I will forever be indebted to Coach Sullivan for helping bring me back to Auburn to serve as the head football coach. He was a friend, mentor and a man of great character, who was beloved by many generations of Auburn fans. Pat Sullivan is, and always will be, the definition of an Auburn Man. He certainly will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Pat’s wife, Jean, their three children and the entire Sullivan family.”