On this day in Alabama history: Auburn football star Pat Sullivan was born

On this day in Alabama history: Auburn football star Pat Sullivan was born
Quarterback Pat Sullivan, left, and Terry Beasley were All-Americans for the Auburn University football program in 1971, a year when coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan led the Tigers to the Sugar Bowl. Sullivan also was Auburn's first Heisman Trophy winner that same year. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Auburn University Libraries)

January 18, 1950

Born on this day in Birmingham, Patrick Joseph Sullivan attended John Carroll Catholic High School and starred in three sports. His football prowess earned him a scholarship to Auburn University, where he played for legendary coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan. The star quarterback was a two-time SEC Player of the Year and won the Heisman Trophy, college football’s most prestigious award, in 1971. Sullivan played in the NFL for five years and in 1986 began a coaching career at Auburn that included head coaching jobs at Texas Christian University and, most recently, at Samford University.

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