Bevan to Sign Autographs at Andonie Museum
BATON ROUGE – Former LSU great George Bevan 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 No. 12 LSU’s non-conference showdown with 21st-ranked West Virginia on Saturday in Tiger Stadium, the Jack & Priscilla Andonie Museum welcomes Bevan for the second of a series of autograph signing sessions to be held during the 2010 football season.
Bevan will visit with fans and sign autographs in the lobby of the hotel from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Posters will available for $2 for this former LSU All-American to personalize. Fans will be limited to two items to be signed per person.
Last weekend, former LSU linebacker great A.J. Duhe entertained fans in a two-hour autograph session prior to the Mississippi State game. LSU All-American and pro Football Hall of Famer Jimmy Taylor is scheduled for the Tennessee game on Oct. 2. Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon is tentatively scheduled for the Saturday of the Ole Miss game.
Bevan starred at linebacker for the Tigers in the late 1960s. The driving force behind one of the greatest defenses in college football history, Bevan was named a first team All-American in 1969. Although his career ended on a high note, Bevan missed the 1967 and 1968 seasons with a ruptured Achilles tendon, an injury he sustained in the 1967 season opener versus Rice.
In 1969, the under-sized Bevan (5-11, 195) led the LSU defense in allowing less than 400 rushing yards on the entire season, one of the stingiest efforts in college football history. Bevan’s blocked extra point against Auburn that season helped preserve a 21-20 victory and remains one of the most memorable plays in his injury-shortened, All-American career.
Many regard the 1969 team as one of the greatest teams in school history, despite the fact they did not appear in a bowl game. The Cotton Bowl passed on LSU as an opponent for No. 1 ranked Texas and opted for an 8-2 Notre Dame team.
A distinguished student-athlete, Bevan holds two degrees from LSU including a Bachelor of Business and a Juris Doctorate from the LSU Law School. He is currently president of Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Group.
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.