Any football fan, and current or former resident of Louisiana, knows about the famous 89 yard punt return on Halloween night, by Billy Cannon, also known as “Flyin’ Twenty,” which was the winning score in this 7-3 hard fought game in the mud.
That brief moment in time, in a tightly contested game between #1 LSU and #3 Ole Miss, is not only memorable, it is unforgettable.
I was a very young boy when this historic game was played, and as was my families custom, we were all gathered around the radio in the living room listening intently, as we did all LSU games.
A few words about Billy Cannon, he was a football hero…a legend, yet he was also a man, subject to all the frailties and misjudgments as any other. His years as a football hero ended, he began a new life as an orthodontist, served two and a half years in prison for counterfeiting, has regained his honor through much hard work and introspection, and is now living a fulfilling life.
A true hero to the family he loves, and loves him.
There is an outstanding article I highly recommend reading, The Redemption of Billy Cannon.
Before viewing the famous punt return in the following video, there is something else you should know, something I only recently found out from my LSU family members, who also sent me the ESPN link.
When viewing the following video, make note of the official running down the sideline with Billy Cannon, he was an impostor, a gate crasher wearing the striped uniform of an official. His intention wasn’t to interfere with the game, he simply couldn’t find a ticket to the sold out game.(cancel the printing option when the link opens)
Without further adieu, here is the famous Billy Cannon punt return, which I have viewed at least four hundred times.