One of the stories of the 2011 NFL Draft was the Patriots drafting interior offensive lineman Marcus Cannon in the fifth round. Cannon was diagnosed two weeks prior to the draft with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a treatable form of cancer. He had been projected to be a late-first or second-round pick, but the diagnosis dropped his draft status and may have caused some teams to remove him completely from their draft boards. The Pats took a chance on him and once he makes a full recovery, he’s expected to compete for a starting role on the offensive line.
All signs are looking good right now.
In an interview on ESPN’s “First Take,” Cannon said that the lump that was checked at the Combine is gone now. Also in the interview, he discussed how he reached out to Boston College’s Mark Herzlich for support in getting through cancer and coming back to play. Cannon also noted how Patriots fans have reached out to him on Facebook and on Twitter (Very classy Pats fans. Nice work!) One thing that came across immediately in the interview was what great character Marcus Cannon has. He is very likable guy. He even said that dropping in the draft didn’t bother him because he loves football so much that as long as he got a chance to play, no matter where he was drafted, he would happy. Amazing.
You can view the interview segment by clicking HERE.