He was something else, wasn't he, Rose
? I don't think I have ever heard a negative word said about him. Even his opponents and fans of the other teams seem to love him.
If y'all are on FB, search for Rick Karle, Pat Sullivan -- it has a video for Cancer Awareness that he filmed not too long ago (maybe last year?) and a beautiful tribute by the sportswriter, Karle.
DH was in school at Auburn during the Sullivan-Beasley years. In 1971 I was 10 years old (and, in all honesty, I cheered for That Other Team at the time). At Christmas, a friend of mine was sooo excited. His married brother was already a student at Auburn also. Times being tough for a married college student, big brother had been a little clueless about what to get little brother for Christmas. The day before he started home, he had a great insight: He got a football and carried it over to Sullivan's apartment (also in the married students' housing; he and his college sweetheart were married right at 50 years) and asked him to autograph it for his little brother. I'll never forget him telling us about that when we got back to school in January.
I sure hope little brother still has that football today.