USC’s first football All-American dies at 97

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Gamecock great Lou Sossamon passed away Monday at age 97.

Sossamon, the first Gamecock players to be named to an All-America squad, was a center and linebacker who played for Coach Rex Enright, 1940-42. He was first team All Southern Conference in 1941 and 1942 and played in the 1942 Blue Gray all-star game.

After the 1942 season, Sossamon was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, but never played for them as he entered the Navy and served during World War II. When he returned, Lou played professionally for the New York Yankees of the All-American Football Conference which merged with the NFL in the early 1950s.

Sossamon was named to the USC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1968. He served as a member of the USC Board of Trustees and was the publisher of The Gaffney Ledger from 1969 until 1999.

According to The State Newspaper, the family is planning on receiving visitors Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Still Hopes Mansion retirement community and a memorial service at Sossamon’s home church, Limestone Presbyterian in Gaffney, Thursday at 2 p.m.

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