Auburn unveils alternate Outback Bowl uniform in tribute to Pat Sullivan
Auburn is switching things up for Wednesday’s Outback Bowl. The Tigers revealed on Thursday that they will spear a special alternate helmet with the AU logo on one side and the No. 7 for Sullivan on the other side.
The tribute helmet, which also features a grey facemask, was revealed in the video below:
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— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) December 31, 2019
Auburn is wearing alternate helmets tomorrow in the Outback Bowl. Standard AU logo on one side, #7 to honor Pat Sullivan on the other. pic.twitter.com/v9siGrtInY
— Nathan King (@byNathanKing) December 31, 2019
Sullivan passed the Sunday after Auburn’s Iron Bowl win. A College Football Hall of Famer, Sullivan won the Heisman Trophy in 1971. As the QB for legendary Tigers coach Ralph Jordan, Sullivan was 162-of-281 passing for 2,012 yards and 20 touchdowns that season. Sullivan’s 1970 season was statistically even better when he led the NCAA in total offense with 2,856 yards and averaged 8.57 yards per play, setting an NCAA record.
At the conclusion of his playing career, Sullivan had recorded 71 touchdowns (53 passing, 18 rushing), which tied an NCAA record. After college, Sullivan played for the Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins from 1972-76.
After his playing days, Sullivan did radio color commentary for Auburn for five seasons before joining Pat Dye’s coaching staff in 1986. He was a Tigers assistant through the 1991 season until he became the head coach at TCU. Sullivan coached at TCU through the 1997 season, before resigning. After TCU, Sullivan was the offensive coordinator at UAB from 1999-2006. He then took another head coaching job, Samford, in 2007. Sullivan’s final season at Samford was in 2014. He finished with a 71-85-1 record as a head coach.
No. 12 Auburn takes on No. 18 Minnesota in Wednesday’s Outback Bowl. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.