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Billy Cannon admitted to hospital for stroke

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Some scary news for LSU fans: Tigers great Billy Cannon has been taken to a local hospital for a stroke.

The Advocate reported that Cannon was transported from the Louisiana State Penitentiary where he is a dentist, to a local Baton Rouge hospital. LSU confirmed later that Cannon, 75, did in fact have a stroke. Although Cannon is apparently alert and resting, he will remain in the hospital overnight.

Cannon won the 1959 Heisman Trophy and his punt return against Ole Miss on Halloween night will forever go down as one of the great moments in LSU football history.

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16 Responses to “Billy Cannon admitted to hospital for stroke”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 19, 2013 6:33 PM

    Dr. Cannon is loved by the inmates at Angola State Penitentiary where he not only is the resident dentist and dental surgeon but also was made head of medical services by the warden. The doc with southernpatriots knows Dr. Cannon well as do the Williams brothers who practice in South Carolina. I am going to try to reach them all with this news.

    Ole Miss players who tried to tackle Billy Cannon that Halloween night remember it as if it was yesterday, they say. He broke so many tackles and near tackles and from Old Rebels players, they could not contend with Billy on either side of the ball that night.

    Dr. Cannon has my prayers for a quick and complete recovery.

  2. thegamecocker says: Feb 19, 2013 7:03 PM

    Here is hoping for a speedy recovery for Dr. Cannon.

  3. mgmac says: Feb 19, 2013 7:19 PM

    in the late 70′s he was convicted of making counterfeit bills while his son played football at Texas A&M. At a game @ SMU or TCU the students threw monopoly money at his son.

  4. nawlinsmitty says: Feb 19, 2013 8:01 PM

    mgmac…..what’s your point?

  5. cometkazie says: Feb 19, 2013 8:04 PM

    mgmac, it was early ’80s, as pointed out in the article.

    He has moved on from that and done a lot of good work at Angola, the state pen.

    I am one of those who remembers where he was when Cannon made his run.

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 19, 2013 8:14 PM

    Latest news:

    “Doctors will conduct tests to determine the extent of the stroke, according to the family. Cannon will remain in ICU tonight. The family expressed its thanks for the prayers and concerns of friends and fans.” –LSU Sports Information.

  7. irishdodger says: Feb 19, 2013 8:43 PM

    He was an all-time great. First pick in both the AFL & NFL draft where he was the subject of a bidding war. Inducted into the College Football HoF TWICE. Unfortunately for the Tigers, after the Cannon era, LSU was a non-factor on the national scene until Saban came to Baton Rouge. Best wishes for a quick recovery.

  8. suprmous says: Feb 20, 2013 5:25 AM

    Prayers and thoughts goin up for Doc. One nice guy and doesn’t deserve this. C’mon Doc, we need you around. To the family, hang in there and know he’s got some fightin spirit in him and he’ll come back strong, make that LSU Strong.

  9. foreverlsu says: Feb 20, 2013 11:49 AM

    irishdodger says:
    Feb 19, 2013 8:43 PM
    He was an all-time great. First pick in both the AFL & NFL draft where he was the subject of a bidding war. Inducted into the College Football HoF TWICE. Unfortunately for the Tigers, after the Cannon era, LSU was a non-factor on the national scene until Saban came to Baton Rouge. Best wishes for a quick recovery.
    ______________
    Hmmmm

    At least LSU was 4-4 against the Domers during that “non-factor era.” Miles beat ND 41-14 a few years ago too. Familiar score?

  10. 1historian says: Feb 20, 2013 8:05 PM

    mgmac – your 7:19 post.

    You have a point BUT if you keep your hat on maybe no one will notice.

    Thanks to Ann Landers

  11. irishdodger says: Feb 20, 2013 9:12 PM

    @foreverlsu:

    Way to stay on topic mr inferiority complex. You know they make pills for that. Bottom line is LSU didn’t win squat between Cannon & Saban. ND may have been 4-4 vs LSU but they also won four National Championships (7 if you go by Bama standards). I wouldn’t brag about beating any team coached by Gerry Faust, Bob Davie & Charlie Weis…but if it helps that inferiority complex, you go right ahead.

  12. tendigitpoet says: Feb 20, 2013 10:35 PM

    Geaux, Dr. Cannon…get well completely.

  13. suprmous says: Feb 21, 2013 9:36 AM

    irishdodger, you’ve managed to forget one very important person in the coaching equation and that’d be Charley Mc. Bless that man’s heart, long before Nick Saban ever thought about LSU Charley Mc was givin Bear Bryant and the rest of the Country fits when they played LSU. By far he has and will always have more on the game than what Saban will ever have. His personality was easier to get along with, he wasn’t as rude as Saban, and like Les Miles his players loved him and loved playin for him. And no I’m not takin anything away from Doc Cannon so don’t even think that you can come back and say I am. I’m still of the oopinion that Doc’s goin to pull thru and be back rootin for the Purple and Gold real soon.

  14. thegamecocker says: Feb 21, 2013 9:42 AM

    @suprmous

    Jolly Cholly McClendon was one of the best coaches LSU has ever had! The Tiger’s rich history probably starts with Charlie Mc! I think he took over for that lunatic, Pope Paul Dietzel. Dietzel ruined everything Coach Frank McGuire did but convincing the dik-wads at Carolina to leave the ACC. For 20 years South Carolina floundered until we reached the financial promise land called the SEC!!! Dietzel was FIRED from South Carolina 2 years later!! The scoundrel!!!

  15. alligatorsnapper says: Feb 21, 2013 10:16 AM

    suprmous
    thegamecocker

    You are right about Jolly Cholly Mac! He was a great man and a great coach. He was true purple and gold.

    One of the best things that Dietzel did was to appoint his assistant, Cholly Mac, to take his place when he turned tail and eventually wound up in Columbia for many years before he returned to Baton Rouge, where he is retired now, painting watercolors.

    Paul Dietzel makes an appearance at LSU games every once in a while, especially at Ole Miss v. LSU games (ha!) and at some homecoming games. Same is true with Dr. Cannon. He is always available to LSU to do whatever they want him to do. LSU fans really love Billy.

  16. cometkazie says: Feb 21, 2013 12:19 PM

    Coach Dietzel would show up at the last outdoor track meet to give an award. We knew each other, or at least he was courteous enough to pretend that he remembered me, and we would have a nice conversation the last several years I officiated T&F.

    LSU hired him to fire Cholly Mac, the best coach LSU ever had. The devotion of his kids is palpable.

    The best Mac story I heard involved the slogan “Help Mac pack” at the end of his tenure. Someone showed up at Mac’s house to say good bye. Mac had been packing things up in the August heat, looked up at him, and asked, “Where is everyone?”

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