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Pat Sullivan was the legendary Auburn quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy in 1971.

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Published in The Journal on Dec. 2, 2019.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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February 5, 2020
What a great humble man Pat Sullivan was..He was my coach at TCU and I will never forget him.The life lessons he taught are still with me today..I cannot thank you enough coach for what you instilled in me.Never give up,keep fighting till the end.That is exactly what you did and we are all so very proud of you..Rest in Peace!!!We will see you again
Labron Cornell
Student
January 2, 2020
I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family for their loss of a talented man, who will be remembered for his contribution to history and his athletic abilities. May you find comfort and strength in God during this time of mourning.
December 31, 2019
Jean and Family, I was so sorry to hear about Pat's passing! Even though I've had no contact with Pat since our days at Auburn, I have always remembered him as a person of faith, honesty and integrity. I as a friend was always very proud of Pat and his personal and career accomplishments. I prayed for him often related to his illness. May the peace that only God can bring be with you in your loss! I will certainly miss him!
Bobby Keen
Friend
December 30, 2019
God Bless Pat and his family, and think you for all you done in your life time for man kind. WAR EAGLE
roland wolfe
Friend
December 14, 2019
Jerry Grimm
Friend
December 9, 2019
My condolences to the family of Pat Sullivan, I am very sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort be with all of you at this difficult time.
Karen
December 8, 2019
Valenda Newell
December 8, 2019
What an Auburn Legacy, but a better Auburn and Family Man. I remember having dad drive me from Wetumpka to Auburn games when I was in Junior High and watching Sullivan to Beasley and later watching him coach at Auburn, TCU, and Samford. I live in Fort Worth, Texas and in the area for the last 40+ years and he is fondly remembered in the area. I go to church with the retired ticket sales and marketing manager for TCU and he said he is and was a great individual to work with and for. My familys prayers are with Jean and family. God Bless all of you and War Eagle.
Ken Kelly
December 7, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the family of Pat Sullivan. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.
December 7, 2019
My condolence are with the family of Pat. May his fond memories stay with his family and friends. May God bless his family with comfort .
December 6, 2019
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's....My condolences..
December 6, 2019
Pat never had an inner circle. Everyone was welcome. Never prentitious. Always a smile and a hug. We all felt Pat was our hometown boy. Precious and special are what best describes Pat. So sweet. War Eagle Pat.
Margaret Swatek Harris
Classmate
December 6, 2019
So sorry to hear of Pats passing. He was a great friend and teammate. We grew up together and play baseball together. We has some fun times. May God bless you and your family in this loss. We will pray for you.
J.C. Ranelli
Friend
December 5, 2019
Our hearts are saddened for the loss of your dearly beloved Husband and Father. May the God of tender mercies and all comfort be with you all during this most difficult time. We know that you must be so very proud of your Husband and Father's great football legacy, touching the lives of many!



GJ, Brandon, Mississippi
December 5, 2019
Dear Family,
My heart goes out to you during your time of loss. I grew up in Gadsden and supported Auburn because of my fathers love for AU!
Pat was one of my heroes..I listened to or watched AU football games with my father every Saturday. When Pat was a freshman, we listened to the AU vs UA game..Pat & Terry Beasley put on a show..AU won..the future was bright! In 1975, I walked on at AU..then was a G.A. on Coach Dyes staff in 1984..where I met Pat, who was the color analyst for AU Football broadcasts..such a genuine & talented person!
In the 90s, I was coaching at a high school in north Alabama and Pat was the head coach at TCU and was the guest speaker at The Huntsville QB Club and, as usual, did a great job! The following day, The Huntsville Times did an entire front page article on Pat..chronicling his playing and coaching career..I mailed it to him at TCU. Several weeks later, I received a hand written card from Pat..thanking me for the article and asking how everything was going with my team and my family. I also had the opportunity to hear Pat speak at a coaching clinic in Montgomery in the late 90s..he said there are several decisions that will have huge impacts on our lives..
1) spiritual..determines our purpose & eternity,
2) education..lays the foundation for our lives,
3) marriage..determines our happiness & legacy,
4) attitude..Coach Jordans 7 Ds for success.
Pat loved The Lord, his family, Auburn University, his friends, his players and coaches, and the game of football! He was a man of honor and integrity who experienced much success, but yet remained humble and loyal to those who influenced him..he will be greatly missed! I pray that your strong faith and your many positive memories of Pat will give you strength today and in the days to come..bring you peace and encouragement..as his legacy lives on in each of you!
Sincerely,
Vance Roberson
Vance Roberson
Friend
December 5, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
December 5, 2019
It is a sad day when the loss of such a great athlete and man Pat Sullivan has died. May God heal your broken hearts and comfort the entire family at this difficult tIme.
December 5, 2019
Thank you Pat,what a great person.
Don Hudgins
December 5, 2019
Jean, My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family. God Bless.

Kevin Moore (Atlanta, GA)
Kevin Moore
December 5, 2019
To the Sullivan family: I am grieved to read about the passing of Pat, a great performer for Auburn and the SEC. I remember watching him on TV all those years ago. Pat and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks during this time. Carson G. Long
December 4, 2019
Pat Sullivan is my all time favorite AU football player. May God bless his family.
Rest in peace #7.
Charles Warren
Friend
December 4, 2019
Sending prayers and words of comfort to the family of Mr. Sullivan. So sorry for your loss.
JE Sowell
December 4, 2019
Jean, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Pat was an inspiration to so many and will be greatly missed.
Anne (Terry) Graham
Friend
December 4, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences to the Sullivan Family, May the God of comfort bless your families hearts with peace and loving ssupport through these difficult days ahead as Pat will not only continue to be missed by you but the whole world.
BRY
December 4, 2019
Thanks for the great memories! We will continue to pray for your family. They have our deepest sympathy at this sad time.
Steve and Barbara Hancock
Acquaintance
December 4, 2019
I'm so sad to hear that Pat Sullivan passed away. He was a great man. Praying for his family.
Claudette Mason
December 4, 2019
Thanks for the 1970 Auburn-Alabama win. Best game ever seen. More fun than all the rest.
Tim
Neighbor
December 3, 2019
This is a very sad day for not just Auburn football fans but for the entire state and nation. Pat Sullivan had an inner grace about him that was inspirational to all people, regardless of their football affiliations.

Indeed, Pat Sullivans faith and character served as an example to countless young people that extended far beyond his legacy as a coach and football player. I attended John Carroll High School and a portrait of Sullivan hung in the lobby, flanked by portraits of the Bishop and the Pope.

The images of the individuals in those other portraits have changed with ecclesiastical succession, but Sullivans portrait always remained. That seems fitting because Pat Sullivan provided a wonderful role model of what a faithful Christian and good citizen should aspire to be.

Requiescat in pace.
A fellow John Carroll High School and Auburn University Alumnus
December 3, 2019
So sorry to hear the loss of Pat. He was a great ambassador for Auburn, a true Auburn Man that truly lived out the Auburn Creed. Thoughts and prayer to the Sullivan family.
December 3, 2019
I loved Pat! As a child of 8..9..and 10 he sealed my love for Auburn University @ Auburn football. My first au football game was in 69..second in 70...third in 71...My dad ...aunt...and myself attended auburn.....we are proud alums and fans! He will be deeply missed!
December 3, 2019
At this time of your tears, may God be with you to give you comfort and strength to help you through this very difficult time, my deepest condolences to the Sullivan family.
December 3, 2019
Farewell old friend
Alex Sexton
Neighbor
December 3, 2019
So sorry for Pats passing he was my freshman assigned to me as a recruit. I knew him as a teammate and a personal friend when I played at Auburn 1964-1968.He will be missed by all that knew him. My condolences go his wife Jena and his family. My God bless you all.Sincerely , Richard Plagge.....
Richard Plagge
Friend
December 3, 2019
Sincere condolences to Coach Sullivan's family during this very difficult time. He will be missed but not forgotten!
Sammie Burleson
Acquaintance
December 3, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about Pat's passing. He was such a wonderful guy with a great family. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family especially you Jean. He is now an angel looking over everyone that admired him. God Bless.
Sharon Maxwell
Friend
December 3, 2019
So sad, I remember rooting for Auburn and Pat Sullivan.
My condolences to the family of Pat.
Chuck G
December 3, 2019
A childhood All American hero to a kid from a small mill town called McAdenville
Lots of backyard memories of
Sullivan fakes a handoff drops back throws deep
Condolences to his loved ones
Rob Ratchford
December 3, 2019
I was in school at Auburn the same time as Pat, however I did not know Pat personally but every time we would see each other he would speak to me and smile as if we were best friends. I will always remember those special times as long as I live.
Lanier Sibley
Friend
December 3, 2019
Our sincere condolences to the Sullivan Family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss.
December 3, 2019
My sympathy to the family of Pat Sullivan. He was a great player. May the love and comfort of God, friends and family help you through your grief.
December 3, 2019
Sorry to hear of the loss
Ann Stokman
December 2, 2019
A hero in every sense of the word. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Shirley Krilowicz
Classmate
December 2, 2019
What a handsome Man and Gone way too Soon . I remember him Fondly
Cancer is an Evil Disease , hope a Cure is found At some Point .RIP
Sue W.
Gr.Mich .
December 2, 2019
Knew Pat and from Blessed Sacrament church and playing ball when we were growing up He was a great quarterback at Auburn Sorry to here of his passing.
Chris Musulman
December 2, 2019
My dad was on the board of trustees during Pat's student years, when I was just old enough to understand football, and Pat was and is one of my heroes. He lived his entire adult life in public and managed to have the same reputation for decency and humility at 69 that he'd had at 19. That's rare. He was a remarkable man and will be sorely missed by everyone who loved all the fine things he stood for. My Auburn jersey still bears the number seven and always will.
Paul Culp
Acquaintance
December 2, 2019
Rest in Peace Pat, and thank you for the memories. My sympathies to Pat's family and friends.
Harry Simpson
December 2, 2019
Sad to lose such an awesome man...Rest In Peace, Pat. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sullivan family.
Diane (Obering) & Jerald Vinzant
December 2, 2019
Winning the Heisman during that highly competitive and wonderful era in College Football was an amazing accomplishment.

Rest in Peace, Pat. You lived an admirable life, and your body of work will forever be remembered and appreciated.
December 2, 2019
My deepest condolences to Pat relatives and Fans very sorry for your loss.
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