LSU is likely to double its number of Heisman Trophy winners this weekend as QB Joe Burrow is the runaway favorite ahead of the ceremony in New York.

But Burrow received a special treat on the flight to New York as the family of the Tigers’ only Heisman winner gave him a letter. The LSU football Twitter account shared a picture of Burrow reading it. Cannon won the Heisman in 1959.

It’s been a historic season already for Burrow, who picked up a slew of national awards earlier this week, along with other LSU players and coaches.

Burrow this season set SEC records for passing yards (4,715) and passing touchdowns (48), and became the first player in league history to throw for 4,000 yards and 40 TDs in the same season. He’s completed 342-of-439 passes and is on pace to establish the NCAA record for completion percentage in a season. Burrow’s completion percentage mark of 77.9 percent is ahead of the current mark of 76.7 percent held by Colt McCoy of Texas in 2008.

Before Burrow, according to LSU, Cannon took home virtually every player of the year award and honor from organizations and media outlets in 1959.

Cannon was all over the field at several positions. In 1959, he led the Tigers in rushing with 598 yards on 139 carries (4.3 per rush), rushed for five touchdowns, caught 11 passes for 161 yards. Cannon was also the Tiger’s punter for a majority of the season, punting 44 times for 1,774 yards (40.3 per punt), and as the primary return man, returning eight kickoffs for 191 yards (23.8 per return) and 15 punts for 221 yards (14.7 per return) and one touchdown. On defense, he had four interceptions for 145 yards.

The Heisman ceremony is set for Saturday night. It’s the 85th event, and coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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