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Marcus Darell Cannon (born May 6, 1988) is an American football offensive tackle with the New England Patriots of the National Football League. Prior to the 2011 NFL Draft, Cannon was considered one of the top offensive tackle prospects[1] and was selected by the Patriots in the fifth round with the 138th pick of the draft. He played college football at Texas Christian University.

Marcus Cannon
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Cannon with the Patriots in 2011
No. 61 – New England Patriots
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1988-05-06) May 6, 1988 (age 30)
Odessa, Texas
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:335 lb (152 kg)
Career information
High school:Odessa (Odessa, Texas)
College:TCU
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 138
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Games played:100
Games started:54
Player stats at NFL.com

During the 2011 NFL Combine, Cannon's physical showed irregularities; further testing led to a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, for which Cannon underwent treatment during the summer of 2011.[2]

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College careerEdit

Cannon played college football at Texas Christian University, where he played right tackle for his first three seasons, before switching to left tackle his senior year, protecting the blind side of quarterback Andy Dalton. In 2009, he did not give up a single sack; in 2010, he was part of an offensive line that gave up a total of just nine sacks all year.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
358 lb
(162 kg)
34 in
(0.86 m)
9 in
(0.23 m)
5.26 s 1.84 s 3.07 s 4.97 s 8.07 s 30.5 in
(0.77 m)
8 ft 9 in
(2.67 m)
33 reps 28
All values from NFL Combine[3]

New England PatriotsEdit

The New England Patriots drafted Cannon in the fifth round, with the 138th pick, acquired in a trade from the Houston Texans.[4] Cannon's late selection in the draft is widely attributed to his being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma pre-draft. Weighing in at 358 pounds at the NFL Combine, Cannon is the heaviest player ever drafted by the Patriots, and the second-heaviest player in team history after nose tackle Ted Washington, who played with the team in the 2003 season.[5] (At TCU's pro day in March 2011, Cannon was measured at 349 pounds.) Although he played offensive tackle throughout his TCU career, the Patriots listed Cannon as an offensive guard when announcing the pick.

Cannon began the 2011 season on the Non-Football Injury list as he recuperated from his chemotherapy treatment, which took place during the NFL lockout. Cannon was activated to the 53-man roster after the Patriots' Week 10 game against the New York Jets, and saw his first snaps in the NFL at right tackle on the Patriots' final drive against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11. Cannon was selected as the Patriots' 2011 recipient for the Ed Block Courage Award.[6]

Cannon played in all 18 of the Patriots' regular and postseason games during the 2012 NFL season, including one start in place of right tackle Sebastian Vollmer. After Vollmer went on injured reserve in late October of the 2013 season, Cannon started the rest of the season for New England at right tackle. Cannon began the 2014 season as the Patriots' starting left guard but struggled in the first three games and was moved back to his previous role as a swing tackle after rookie Bryan Stork took over as the starting center. On Dec 11, Cannon signed a two-year extension worth up to $9 million, including a $3.2 million signing bonus.[7] On February 1, 2015, Cannon was a member of the New England Patriots when they won Super Bowl XLIX. In the 2015 season, Cannon appeared in the fewest regular-season games—12—since his rookie season because of a toe injury. Nonetheless, he also started the most games of his career at eight.[8]

Cannon entered the 2016 Patriots training camp in what he called "the best shape of his life." After struggling the previous season while dealing with the toe injury, his play improved significantly during the 2016 season. After starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer had shoulder surgery during the offseason was ruled out for the season, Cannon became the starting right tackle. With his significant improvement and performance through the first 11 games of the season, Cannon signed a five-year, $32.5 million contract extension with the Patriots through 2021.[9] For his performance in the 2016 season, Cannon was named second-team All-Pro by Pro Football Focus and The Associated Press.[10] On February 5, 2017, Cannon was part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI. In the game, the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 34–28 in overtime.[11] The game featured the first overtime game in Super Bowl history and the largest comeback in the Super Bowl.[12]

Cannon started the 2017 season as the Patriots' starting right tackle. He started seven games before suffering an ankle injury in Week 8. He missed the next five games before being placed on injured reserve on December 13, 2017.[13] The Patriots were able to reach Super Bowl LII without Cannon, but failed to repeat as Super Bowl Champions after losing 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cannon entered 2018 as the Patriots starting right tackle. He missed Week 2 with a calf injury and Weeks 9 and 10 with a head injury. Overall he started 13 games in 2018. With Cannon the Patriots were able to reach Super Bowl LIII where they defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.

Personal lifeEdit

Cannon was born in Odessa, Texas. He graduated from TCU with a communications degree and on top of football was also all conference in the shot put.[14] Cannon was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 after a biopsy was conducted at the request of two different NFL teams. Despite the mass's having been ruled as benign in 2006, it was found to be cancerous. Cannon underwent treatment and has now been in remission for seven years.[15] Marcus Cannon and his wife Alyssa were married in 2012.The couple has two children, their older daughter Mady, born in 2011 and their son, M.J born in 2013.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marcus Cannon - Texas Christian, OT : 2011 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". www.nfldraftscout.com.
  2. ^ Patriots draft Marcus Cannon ESPN Boston, April 30, 2011
  3. ^ "Marcus Cannon Combine Profile", NFL.com
  4. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Patriots livin’ large with offensive line selections Boston Herald, May 8, 2011
  6. ^ Marcus Cannon wins Patriots’ courage award The Boston Globe, January 6, 2012
  7. ^ Wesseling, Chris (December 11, 2014). "Marcus Cannon, New England Patriots reach extension". NFL.com.
  8. ^ "Injured Patriots O-Linemen Marcus Cannon, Tre' Jackson Spotted In Locker Room". November 9, 2015.
  9. ^ Hill, Rich (November 29, 2016). "Patriots sign OT Marcus Cannon to 5-year, $32.5 million contract extension". PatsPulpit.com.
  10. ^ "Three rookies, Matt Ryan among players named to All-Pro team". NFL.com. January 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "Super Bowl LI - New England Patriots vs. Atlanta Falcons - February 5th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  12. ^ Wesseling, Chris. "New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI". NFL.com. Retrieved February 5, 2017.
  13. ^ "Patriots Sign WR Kenny Britt; Announce Additional Roster Moves". Patriots.com. December 13, 2017.
  14. ^ "GOFROGS.COM - Marcus Cannon Bio - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site".
  15. ^ "Pats' Cannon practicing with cancer in remission".
  16. ^ https://www.boston.com/culture/lifestyle/2018/02/10/a-patriots-offensive-tackle-and-his-wife-make-their-wrentham-home-their-own

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