BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Pat Sullivan, the 1971 Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn who went on coach TCU and Samford, has died. He was 69.

Sullivan’s household launched a press release saying he “died peacefully at house” Sunday morning, surrounded by family members. The previous quarterback was recognized with throat most cancers in 2003 and the assertion mentioned he “fought a protracted and tough battle on account of his remedies.”

Sullivan was a School Soccer Corridor of Famer who performed 4 seasons with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, wrapping up his taking part in profession in 1976 with the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers.

He was on the search committee when Auburn employed coach Gus Malzahn.

“We’re deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Sullivan, certainly one of Auburn’s all-time greats on and off the sphere,” Malzahn mentioned. “I’ll perpetually be indebted to Coach Sullivan for serving to deliver me again to Auburn to function the top soccer coach.

“He was a buddy, mentor and a person of nice character who was beloved by many generations of Auburn followers.”

Sullivan started teaching at Samford in 2007 and stepped down in December 2014, citing well being points

He went on to function particular advisor to the president for campus and group improvement.

“Teaching is a grind. Proper now I would like extra steadiness in my life,” Sullivan mentioned in saying his resignation. “I have to pay extra consideration to my well being and I wish to spend extra time with (spouse) Jean, my kids and grandchildren. I owe that to them. However I am not executed working and I am not leaving Samford.”

He was TCU’s head coach from 1992-97 after which labored as UAB’s offensive coordinator earlier than taking up at Samford. Sullivan was inducted into the Corridor of Fame as a participant in 1991.

He entered the Alabama Sports activities Corridor of Fame in 1981.

“Pat Sullivan gave Samford all and greater than we may have requested,” Samford President Andrew Westmoreland mentioned. “His groups gained video games, his gamers continued to earn levels. By private instance, he led everybody nearer to Christ and he introduced honor to our college.”

Sullivan led the nation in complete offense as a junior in 1970, teaming up with large receiver Terry Beasley to move for two,586 yards. He handed for two,012 yards and a career-best 20 touchdowns as a senior, securing the Heisman with a 248-yard, four-touchdown efficiency in opposition to Georgia. Sullivan edged Cornell’s Ed Marinaro 1,597-1,445 in Heisman voting.

Sullivan was an All-American and SEC Participant of the Yr his final two seasons.

“He was a form and humble gentleman, who was an Auburn legend,” Auburn athletic director Allen Greene mentioned. “He made an enduring affect on Auburn as the varsity’s first Heisman Trophy winner, a coach and longtime ambassador.”

Earlier than going to Auburn, he was a three-sport star at John Carroll Catholic Excessive Faculty in Birmingham

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