Tiger Great A.J. Duhe to Appear at Andonie Museum

by LSU Alumni Association
Tiger Great A.J. Duhe to Appear at Andonie Museum

BATON ROUGE — Former LSU great A.J. Duhe will be on hand to greet fans and sign autographs Saturday morning in the lobby of The Cook Hotel and Conference Center at LSU.

In conjunction with LSU’s home opener Saturday against Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium, the Jack & Priscilla Andonie Museum welcomes Duhe for the first of a series of autograph signing sessions to be held during the 2010 football season.

Duhe will visit with fans and sign autographs in the lobby of the hotel from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Posters will available for $2 for Duhe to personalize. Fans will be limited to two items to be signed per person.

Duhe is the first of several former LSU gridiron legends the Andonie Museum has on tap for gameday autograph sessions this season. George Bevan is slated for the West Virginia game next weekend, Jimmy Taylor for Tennessee on Oct. 2 and Billy Cannon is tentatively scheduled for the Saturday of the Ole Miss game.

An LSU letterman from 1973-76, Duhe averaged 72 tackles per season starring at defensive tackle for Charles McClendon‘s Tigers. A two-time Academic All-SEC pick, Duhe earned first team All-SEC honors on the field in 1976.

Taken by Miami with the 13th pick in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft, Duhe played eight seasons for the Dolphins. In his rookie campaign of 1977, Duhe was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. The New Orleans native twice earned All-Pro honors (1981, ’83) and was selected to the 1984 Pro Bowl.

A defensive tackle in college, Duhe moved to linebacker in the professional ranks. Ironically, the defensive coordinator of the Dolphins was none other than Bill Arnsparger, who left Miami prior to Duhe’s final season in 1984 to become the head coach at LSU.

Duhe is best known for his performance in the 1982 AFC Championship Game, in which he intercepted Jets quarterback Richard Todd three times, returning one pick 35 yards for a touchdown. Miami went on to beat New York 14-0 advancing to Super Bowl XVII.

Details of future autograph sessions will be released at a later date.

The Jack & Priscilla Andonie Museum is located at 3828 West Lakeshore Drive. Home to more than 13,000 artifacts donated by Dr. Jack Andonie, the museum was constructed and opened in 2004. The museum is open weekdays from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. until three hours prior to kickoff on Saturday of home game weekends.

The Cook Hotel & Conference Center at LSU is located at 3838 West Lakeshore Drive. Owned and operated by the LSU Alumni Association, The Cook Hotel offers 128 guest rooms, over 12,000 square feet in meeting space.