Alfred Sullivan Research Paper

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Sullivan was Auburns quarterback from 1969-1971 and won Auburn's first Heisman in 1971 after setting several school and SEC records while guiding the Tigers to a 9-1 regular season record. (Heisman n.d.), Sullivan was born in Birmingham, Ala., where he attended John Carroll Catholic High School and was a star in three sports. He excelled in football and won an athletic scholarship to Auburn in 1968, where he took over the starting quarterback spot as a sophomore (freshmen were not eligible prior to 1972). He burst onto the college football scene in 1969, throwing for nearly 1,700 yards and 16 touchdowns. As a junior, Sullivan's statistics soared, as he led the nation with 2,856 yards of total offense, including 2,586 passing yards. Along the way, Auburn went 9-2 and ended the season in the Top Ten in the nation. For his…show more content…
The Tigers started out 9-0, cementing his claim to the Heisman with 248 yards and four touchdowns against Georgia. He threw for 2,012 yards and 20 touchdowns, edging out Cornell running back Ed Marinaro to capture the trophy named for Auburn's former football coach. He was once again honored as SEC Player of the Year and was All-SEC athletically and academically for the second straight year. (Davidson 2012) said, “he was light years ahead of his time”. He went on to add, “when everyone else in the land was three yards and a cloud of dust, Pat Sullivan was breaking records through the air with his arm”. My father, William F. Hodgkins, went to school with Pat. They had several classes together and my Father still speaks highly of him. My father has said many times that, “Pat was the most genuine person he has ever met”, and until Cam Newton came along my Father thought that Pat was Auburn’s best Quarterback ever. My Dad does not always freely give compliments to that magnitude, so I have always believed what he said about Pat and never took to be start struck comments. Pat was the Gator Bowl MVP in 1971 and the Senior Bowl

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