Lou Sossamon

Lou Sossamon (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

GAFFNEY, SC (FOX Carolina) - A Gamecock football legend from the Upstate has died at the age of 97.

According to The State, Lou Sossamon was the first Associated Press football All-American in University of South Carolina history.

The Gaffney native played center and linebacker from 1940 and 1942 and was named to the AP All-America team in 1942.

Sossamon went on to serve in the Navy during World War II and later played in the NFL.

Visitation will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Still Hopes Mansion Retirement Community and a memorial service  will be at Limestone Presbyterian Church in Gaffney on Thursday at 2 p.m.

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