A statue of the late Dr. Billy Cannon, the school’s only Heisman Trophy Winner, was unveiled during a private cermony Friday night.
"For us it's bittersweet, because he's not here, so I'm sure there will be a lot of tears, we are ecstatic, there are really no words to express how we feel about it," said Bunnie Cannon, the daughter of Billy Cannon.
Cannon passed away in May at the age of 80. The LSU Athletic Hall of Fame Committee unanimously approved a proposal that a statue honoring Cannon be erected on a campus in August 2017. Bunnie Cannon says her father was shocked by the news.
"He didn't believe it, but was really thrilled," said Bunnie Cannon.
Cannon played for the Tigers from 1957 to 1959. He helped the Tigers win the national championship in 1958 and the Baton Rouge native won the Heisman Trophy the following season.
During his three-year career, Cannon rushed for 1,867 yards and scored 24 rushing touchdowns. He was also a standout return man and played on defense too.
Bunnie Cannon says her father had some input on the statue's design.
"He wanted a statue of all of his teammates and not so much himself, but he said if he had to have it with just me, I just don't want to wear a helmet," said Bunnie Cannon.