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Rookie OTMarcus Cannon Doing Well After Chemo

Patriots rookie offensive tackle Marcus Cannon completes his chemotherapy treatments this week and the prognosis is positive for the fifth-round draft pick from Texas Christian.

Cannon told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he has only been nauseous once, hasn’t lost any hair and hasn’t lost weight, maintaining a robust 348 pounds.

And he can bench press 315 pounds eight to nine times. A positive attitude has boosted his recovery.

“The first thing my mom and my dad told me to do is pray, and here we are today,” Cannon said. I’m a fifth-round Patriots draft pick, and half the mass I had is gone. For everybody who doesn’t believe, here’s your reason to believe. It’s a miracle in itself that somebody with a life-threatening disease gets drafted I have a will.”

Diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Cannon fell in the draft despite teams being told he had a 90-percent chance of a full recovery.

“I just feel badly that it all happened to him,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said. “I think we’re going to beat it, because we caught it early enough, and because of the attitude that he’s approached it with, but he could have gone higher in the draft and made more money.”


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