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Happy Anniversary to Billy Cannon.

Cannon is the former Heisman Trophy-winning halfback for the LSU Bayou Bengals. Cannon led LSU to its first national championship in 1958 and, famously, returned a punt for a touchdown against Ole Miss in that 1959 clash of titans, accounting for the only blemish on the Rebels' ledger that year.

On this day in 1983, Cannon was sentenced to serve five years in the Federal Penitentiary in Texarkana for counterfeiting (more specifically, printing $50 million in U.S. bills that he stored in ice chests and buried in his back yard). Cannon served two and a half of those five years and is currently (and we admit, charitably) the head dentist at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

Happy Anniversary, Billy Cannon!