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hawaiiansteel
04-14-2011, 04:25 PM
REPORT: TCU OT Marcus Cannon Diagnosed With Cancer

AUTHOR: Josh Sanchez

Some horrible news was leaked in NFL circles today regarding second-round prospect Marcus Cannon of TCU. According to the sources, Cannon has testicular cancer, but it is treatable if dealt with soon. It looks like to news of his cancer is causing him to drop down draft boards according to Josh Buchanon of JBScouting.com. It is a very scary and sad situation for Cannon.

Cannon is currently the 6th rated offensive tackle by NFL Draft Scout.

Here is what Draft Breakdown has to say of Cannon:

Marcus Cannon is a supremely athletic and strong offensive lineman, especially for a player of his size. A redshirt senior, Cannon has started 37 games in his career at TCU, 13 at left tackle and 24 at right. He has the versatility to play multiple positions on the offensive line, which will attract NFL teams. The key for Cannon will be finding his best fit at the next level.

I believe he will get a shot to play right tackle, and best case scenario he becomes a solid prospect at that position. What’s great about Cannon, however, is I believe that if it doesn’t work out at right tackle he can become an elite guard in the NFL. He has the type of size, strength and athleticism that could make him a dominant interior lineman for years to come. He is an intriguing prospect whose size/strength/athleticism combo warrants early consideration. Look for Cannon to be drafted somewhere in the second round.

Best wishes to Cannon and we at NFL Mocks hope him a full and speedy recovery.

http://nflmocks.com/2011/04/13/tcu-offe ... ft-boards/ (http://nflmocks.com/2011/04/13/tcu-offensive-lineman-marcus-cannon-slipping-down-draft-boards/)

steelblood
04-14-2011, 05:06 PM
That is awful. I hope they caught it soon enough.

Shawn
04-14-2011, 06:06 PM
Even most late stage testicular cancers have a 99% cure rate. It is one of the most treatable cancers a person could have. My heart goes out to him and his family as I'm sure this has given them a significant scare. But, there is some good news in a bad diagnosis.

Eddie Spaghetti
04-14-2011, 06:48 PM
now saying it's benign.

if i was that kid, i would be looking for a new agent for letting this get out there.

steelerkeylargo
04-14-2011, 06:49 PM
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/20 ... ve-cancer/ (http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/14/biopsy-shows-that-marcus-cannon-doesnt-have-cancer/)

D Rock
04-14-2011, 09:50 PM
Take him in the 3rd still.

Steelers>NFL
04-15-2011, 07:48 AM
Yes, still draft him in the 3rd. This is treatable/cureable despite
suspicious modern medicine.
Feel bad for the kid. But he will come out of this a stronger person.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
04-15-2011, 08:46 AM
Good luck to him. It is a shame it has to happen to a kid on the brink of getting into the NFL. He will still get drafted but the more important thing would be to make sure he rids himself of the cancer and get his health right. I'll pull for him. Still would love to see him as a Steeler. If the reports say he still can contribute this year and can return to his level of play after full recovery...I still would use a 2nd on him. If 2010 is out, 3rd. Feel bad putting grades on him at this point, but the kids is talented and "God Willing" this is a speed bump and could turn into one of those stories we can all appreciate....10 fold if he is in the Steeler colors.

flippy
04-15-2011, 09:04 AM
I know this is awful, but I chuckle every time I hear someone has ball cancer thanks to Tom Green signing a song about feeling your balls so you don't get cancer.

[youtube:2339kggi]W2fss9PTiSA[/youtube:2339kggi]

I hate cancer btw and feel bad for the kid. But I'm sure he'll be alright. Maybe we can draft him in the second round now?

Oviedo
04-15-2011, 09:17 AM
Take him in the 3rd still.

If we could get him in Round 3 that would be a major "steal." I'd even use a Round 2 pick. You don't think he won't run through brickwalls for the team that shows faith in him???

Northern_Blitz
04-15-2011, 10:56 AM
now saying it's benign.

if i was that kid, i would be looking for a new agent for letting this get out there.

I bet it was found the the medical testing they do pre-draft. This might be a situation like when Tony Gonzales ran into that camera guy. Sucks for Cannon that they found cancer. But a guy his age likely wouldn't not have been screened if not for the combine. Glad it was caught.

ikestops85
04-15-2011, 11:01 AM
now saying it's benign.

if i was that kid, i would be looking for a new agent for letting this get out there.

I hope this is true.

hawaiiansteel
04-16-2011, 10:22 PM
Deep o-line talent pool still might not satisfy teams' needs

By Pat Kirwan NFL.com
Senior Analyst
Published: April 13, 2011

http://static.nfl.com/static/content/catch_all/nfl_image/pouncys_110413_WIDE.jpg

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press
Mike Pouncey (left) could follow his twin brother -- Maurkice (right) -- as a first-round NFL draft pick.

The 2011 NFL Draft is strong at the offensive line positions, and upwards of 15 linemen could be selected in the first two rounds.

The problem is that the supply of prospects might not satisfy the demand of teams looking for players among the front five. When this draft is over, at least 40 linemen will have been drafted and most of them will make final roster of team that drafts them. At least a dozen will likely find their way into starting lineups during their rookie seasons.

http://static.nfl.com/static/content/catch_all/nfl_image/t_smith_041111_300.jpg

Player with most upside
Offensive linemen usually stay in school for all four seasons, but that's not the case for USC's Tyron Smith. As USC defensive coordinator and longtime NFL coach Monte Kiffin said, "Tyron is just too good to stay in school." The 20-year-old Smith benched 225 pounds 31 times at his pro day, and at 310 pounds ran a 4.98-second 40-yard dash. He's athletic enough to play defense, and his footwork will allow him to handle the elite speed rushers in the NFL. His long arms at tackle can never be overrated, allowing him to keep rushers away from his body. He is also still growing into his frame and could easily add 15-20 pounds of muscle. Although he played right tackle at USC, he's projected as the best left-tackle in the draft. Smith has yet to fully develop as a player, so his best is yet to come.

Biggest boom-or-bust prospect
Mike Pouncey comes with the Pouncey name, and his twin brother -- Maurkice -- made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Mike Pouncey is a very good player, but there's a lot to live up to. If he has to play center and he doesn't solve his issues with the shotgun snap, he might struggle. I think Mike Pouncey going to have a fine professional career, but it might not live up to his brother's career in Pittsburgh.

My favorite sleeper
TCU tackle Marcus Cannon might begin his NFL career as the strongest player in the league. He has a 500-pound bench, an incredible 550-pound power clean and did two reps of full squat at 720 pounds. He's a 358-pound guy who might move inside to guard and have a Carl Nicks kind of career.

There are probably five first-round offensive tackles in this draft. Six months ago, the top tackle might have been Colorado's Nate Solder, but it appears he has been passed by underclassman Smith, Anthony Castonzo and maybe even Gabe Carimi. Solder, a former tight end, has excellent feet to pass block and probably needs to develop his power and strength to handle the physical aspect of the position at the next level. Solder might be the third or fourth tackle taken off the board, but it's critical for him to come to camp ready for the intensity and physical aspects of the NFL.

I really like Florida State center Rodney Hudson among the interior players, but there are critics who believe he is undersized at 6-foot-2 and 299 pounds. I watched Hudson practice and play at the Senior Bowl, and he reminds me of Guy McIntyre, who was a member of three Super Bowl-winning teams in San Francisco.

Small-school prospect with a chance
Two young men from East Coast Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) schools look ready to come into the NFL and play well. Villanova's Ben Ijalana played left tackle for the Wildcats, but most likely is a guard in the NFL. Lehigh's Will Rackley had a good week at the East-West Shrine Game practices that helped his draft stock. Everyone remembers how quickly Jahri Evans went from a small Pennsylvania school (Bloomsburg University) to starring for the Saints, and it looks like Ijalana and Rackley have a chance to take a similar path.

Debunking a myth
The popularity of spread offenses on the college level is leaving NFL offensive line coaches with prospects who play best in a two-point stance and struggle to run block. But I have spoken to a few coaches who feel there is enough depth and talent in this draft to find power-run blockers who can get down in a three-point stance and fire out.

Teams with the greatest need
When it comes to tackles, the Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings, Falcons, Saints, Seahawks, Bills, Patriots, Jets, Ravens, Browns, Steelers, Colts, Chiefs and Chargers all might look to fill needs at the position early. This is a deep draft for tackles, but not this deep. The run at the position should come early.

As for guards and centers, as usual it will be more of a second- and third-round decision for teams. The Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Bears, Cardinals, Seahawks, Patriots, Steelers, Colts, Titans, Chiefs and Raiders will all probably take an inside player somewhere in this draft.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d ... ule=HP_cp2 (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d81f3b972/article/deep-oline-talent-pool-still-might-not-satisfy-teams-needs?module=HP_cp2)

Oviedo
04-17-2011, 10:01 AM
Deep o-line talent pool still might not satisfy teams' needs

By Pat Kirwan NFL.com
Senior Analyst
Published: April 13, 2011

http://static.nfl.com/static/content/catch_all/nfl_image/pouncys_110413_WIDE.jpg

Lynne Sladky / Associated Press
Mike Pouncey (left) could follow his twin brother -- Maurkice (right) -- as a first-round NFL draft pick.

The 2011 NFL Draft is strong at the offensive line positions, and upwards of 15 linemen could be selected in the first two rounds.

The problem is that the supply of prospects might not satisfy the demand of teams looking for players among the front five. When this draft is over, at least 40 linemen will have been drafted and most of them will make final roster of team that drafts them. At least a dozen will likely find their way into starting lineups during their rookie seasons.

http://static.nfl.com/static/content/catch_all/nfl_image/t_smith_041111_300.jpg

Player with most upside
Offensive linemen usually stay in school for all four seasons, but that's not the case for USC's Tyron Smith. As USC defensive coordinator and longtime NFL coach Monte Kiffin said, "Tyron is just too good to stay in school." The 20-year-old Smith benched 225 pounds 31 times at his pro day, and at 310 pounds ran a 4.98-second 40-yard dash. He's athletic enough to play defense, and his footwork will allow him to handle the elite speed rushers in the NFL. His long arms at tackle can never be overrated, allowing him to keep rushers away from his body. He is also still growing into his frame and could easily add 15-20 pounds of muscle. Although he played right tackle at USC, he's projected as the best left-tackle in the draft. Smith has yet to fully develop as a player, so his best is yet to come.

Biggest boom-or-bust prospect
Mike Pouncey comes with the Pouncey name, and his twin brother -- Maurkice -- made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Mike Pouncey is a very good player, but there's a lot to live up to. If he has to play center and he doesn't solve his issues with the shotgun snap, he might struggle. I think Mike Pouncey going to have a fine professional career, but it might not live up to his brother's career in Pittsburgh.

My favorite sleeper
TCU tackle Marcus Cannon might begin his NFL career as the strongest player in the league. He has a 500-pound bench, an incredible 550-pound power clean and did two reps of full squat at 720 pounds. He's a 358-pound guy who might move inside to guard and have a Carl Nicks kind of career.

There are probably five first-round offensive tackles in this draft. Six months ago, the top tackle might have been Colorado's Nate Solder, but it appears he has been passed by underclassman Smith, Anthony Castonzo and maybe even Gabe Carimi. Solder, a former tight end, has excellent feet to pass block and probably needs to develop his power and strength to handle the physical aspect of the position at the next level. Solder might be the third or fourth tackle taken off the board, but it's critical for him to come to camp ready for the intensity and physical aspects of the NFL.

I really like Florida State center Rodney Hudson among the interior players, but there are critics who believe he is undersized at 6-foot-2 and 299 pounds. I watched Hudson practice and play at the Senior Bowl, and he reminds me of Guy McIntyre, who was a member of three Super Bowl-winning teams in San Francisco.

Small-school prospect with a chance
Two young men from East Coast Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) schools look ready to come into the NFL and play well. Villanova's Ben Ijalana played left tackle for the Wildcats, but most likely is a guard in the NFL. Lehigh's Will Rackley had a good week at the East-West Shrine Game practices that helped his draft stock. Everyone remembers how quickly Jahri Evans went from a small Pennsylvania school (Bloomsburg University) to starring for the Saints, and it looks like Ijalana and Rackley have a chance to take a similar path.

Debunking a myth
The popularity of spread offenses on the college level is leaving NFL offensive line coaches with prospects who play best in a two-point stance and struggle to run block. But I have spoken to a few coaches who feel there is enough depth and talent in this draft to find power-run blockers who can get down in a three-point stance and fire out.

Teams with the greatest need
When it comes to tackles, the Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Bears, Lions, Packers, Vikings, Falcons, Saints, Seahawks, Bills, Patriots, Jets, Ravens, Browns, Steelers, Colts, Chiefs and Chargers all might look to fill needs at the position early. This is a deep draft for tackles, but not this deep. The run at the position should come early.

As for guards and centers, as usual it will be more of a second- and third-round decision for teams. The Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, Bears, Cardinals, Seahawks, Patriots, Steelers, Colts, Titans, Chiefs and Raiders will all probably take an inside player somewhere in this draft.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d ... ule=HP_cp2 (http://www.nfl.com/draft/story/09000d5d81f3b972/article/deep-oline-talent-pool-still-might-not-satisfy-teams-needs?module=HP_cp2)


I'd really love to get this guy even if it meant trading up in Round 2. Dropping out of Round 1 would be perfect.

steelblood
04-17-2011, 11:01 AM
Hopefully, the Steelers are concealing their interest in Cannon well. But, so far, I haven't seen anything that leads me to believe that the Steelers are at all interested.

RuthlessBurgher
04-17-2011, 01:42 PM
I know this is awful, but I chuckle every time I hear someone has ball cancer thanks to Tom Green signing a song about feeling your balls so you don't get cancer.

[youtube:1m7688wo]W2fss9PTiSA[/youtube:1m7688wo]

I hate cancer btw and feel bad for the kid. But I'm sure he'll be alright. Maybe we can draft him in the second round now?

Didn't Tom Green have testicular cancer himself?

RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2011, 11:52 AM
It's not testicular cancer, but it is cancer. Non-Hodgkin's lyphoma. Confirmed today. Will start chemo immediately.


TCU OL Marcus Cannon has cancer
April, 27, 2011 8:01AM ET
By Andrea Adelson

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting some sad news: TCU offensive lineman Marcus Cannon has a treatable form of cancer and will begin chemotherapy immediately.

Schefter reports the 6-foot-6, 350-pound senior has non-Hodgkin lymphoma and will begin his treatments today. He will have three more treatments over the next three months. The only good news to come from all of this: Cannon faces a success rate for beating the cancer of better than 90 percent.

The cancer was discovered while he underwent physicals for the draft. Cannon had been diagnosed with a benign growth in his groin area four years ago. This is obviously sad and shocking news to hear about a man so young who should be in the prime of his health. Cannon was a three-year starter at tackle for the Horned Frogs and a two-time All-Mountain West conference selection. Todd McShay has him ranked as the 11th offensive lineman in the draft.

Please keep Marcus Cannon in your thoughts today. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the field in no time.

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/41339/sort/oldest/tcu-ol-marcus-cannon-has-cancer

Oviedo
04-27-2011, 12:09 PM
It's not testicular cancer, but it is cancer. Non-Hodgkin's lyphoma. Confirmed today. Will start chemo immediately.


TCU OL Marcus Cannon has cancer
April, 27, 2011 8:01AM ET
By Andrea Adelson

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting some sad news: TCU offensive lineman Marcus Cannon has a treatable form of cancer and will begin chemotherapy immediately.

Schefter reports the 6-foot-6, 350-pound senior has non-Hodgkin lymphoma and will begin his treatments today. He will have three more treatments over the next three months. The only good news to come from all of this: Cannon faces a success rate for beating the cancer of better than 90 percent.

The cancer was discovered while he underwent physicals for the draft. Cannon had been diagnosed with a benign growth in his groin area four years ago. This is obviously sad and shocking news to hear about a man so young who should be in the prime of his health. Cannon was a three-year starter at tackle for the Horned Frogs and a two-time All-Mountain West conference selection. Todd McShay has him ranked as the 11th offensive lineman in the draft.

Please keep Marcus Cannon in your thoughts today. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the field in no time.

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/41339/sort/oldest/tcu-ol-marcus-cannon-has-cancer

A steal in Round 3!!!!!!

insanesteelersfan
04-27-2011, 12:16 PM
Too bad for Cannon. Although Lymphoma cancer in the abdemon is very treatable, and most live through the chemotherapy, playing pro football is a long shot at best. Only Pro football player I ever heard of getting this was former Patriot and Browns Guard Joe Andruzzi back in 2007. He had the exact same type that Cannon has, and Andruzzi couldn't ever play again. Even though he is alive. And that's the important thing right ? I wish his well, and hope he overcomes the odds. But I seriously doubt any NFL GM uses a high draft pick, even a 3rd rounder on him.

RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2011, 12:20 PM
Mario Lemieux was able to play hockey again after being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Cannon has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma though...not exactly sure whether Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's typically carries a more promising prognosis.

insanesteelersfan
04-27-2011, 12:43 PM
Mario Lemieux was able to play hockey again after being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Cannon has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma though...not exactly sure whether Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's typically carries a more promising prognosis.



That's true but Mario Lemieux Lymphoma was not in the abdomen ? And from what I think I remember, getting the chemo in the abdomen has much more lingering side effects afterwards with other organs and what not. Bottom line is I wish the kid well. And I hope he can, some how play again.

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
04-27-2011, 05:29 PM
Mario Lemieux was able to play hockey again after being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Cannon has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma though...not exactly sure whether Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's typically carries a more promising prognosis.

Hodgkins is generally considered the cancer that is most commonly beaten.

insanesteelersfan
04-27-2011, 06:12 PM
Mario Lemieux was able to play hockey again after being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Cannon has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma though...not exactly sure whether Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's typically carries a more promising prognosis.

Hodgkins is generally considered the cancer that is most commonly beaten.



It is. But it's still only 75 %. That means 1 out of every 4 who get the Non-Hodgkins type still dies. You think a NFL GM is gonna spend a pick on that ? Especially one in the first 3 to 4 rounds ?


Highly doubtful.

RuthlessBurgher
04-27-2011, 07:26 PM
Mario Lemieux was able to play hockey again after being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Cannon has non-Hodgkin's lymphoma though...not exactly sure whether Hodgkin's or non-Hodgkin's typically carries a more promising prognosis.

Hodgkins is generally considered the cancer that is most commonly beaten.



It is. But it's still only 75 %. That means 1 out of every 4 who get the Non-Hodgkins type still dies. You think a NFL GM is gonna spend a pick on that ? Especially one in the first 3 to 4 rounds ?


Highly doubtful.

Wait a minute, the ESPN.com report posted above says the success rate for beating the type of cancer that Cannon has is better than 90 percent.

NJ-STEELER
04-27-2011, 09:20 PM
the survival percentage changes as the stage they caught it differs


maybe thats why you're seeing different survival rates

hawaiiansteel
04-30-2011, 02:05 AM
Health scare for big OL

Texas Christian OT Marcus Cannon will begin chemotherapy tomorrow for a treatable form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. A mass was originally detected near Cannon's pelvic area in 2006 and new concerns were raised during medical tests at the scouting combine in February. In fact, there were originally fears that Cannon might have testicular cancer, but that is not the case. Cannon will undergo 4 chemotherapy treatments over the next couple of months and actually hopes to be ready for the start of the training camp after he was told that he has an over 90% chance of a full recovery.

Cannon had been considered a second round prospect, but it is not clear what this new situation will do to his draft status.

http://www.gbnreport.com/index.htm

Chadman
04-30-2011, 02:10 AM
Thinking it's pretty clear now what it'll do to his draft status.

BradshawsHairdresser
04-30-2011, 09:54 AM
Hopefully, the Steelers are concealing their interest in Cannon well. But, so far, I haven't seen anything that leads me to believe that the Steelers are at all interested.

If he'd have played for Florida, they would have been all over him.

Shawn
04-30-2011, 12:01 PM
the survival percentage changes as the stage they caught it differs


maybe thats why you're seeing different survival rates

Staging is certainly part of the equation. But, there are also different subgroups within the Non-Hodgkins diagnosis. For instance, follicular is a slow growing type but slow growing cancers tend to be more difficult to treat. Diffuse large B cell are cureable but highly aggressive. The age of the patient plays a huge role as well.

There are many prognostic indicators that teams need to look into before they consider drafting Cannon.

With all of this said, I hate speaking about a person's life with cold hard stats. This diagnosis is heart breaking for anyone let alone a man so young and on the verge of realizing his life long dream. My prayers are with him and his family.

insanesteelersfan
04-30-2011, 12:08 PM
He'll be selected. But not in this round ( 4th )...maybe the 5th by a team with multiple picks. But I think he will be a 6th rounder. And I truly hope he can play again :Clap

Shawn
04-30-2011, 12:13 PM
He'll be selected. But not in this round ( 4th )...maybe the 5th by a team with multiple picks. But I think he will be a 6th rounder. And I truly hope he can play again :Clap

I realize this is a business and teams must do their homework. But, if Marcus has an aggressive form, in early stages I or II then the 5th round is certainly reasonable. He would have a very solid chance of being cured...and playing again.

And I don't know if there is a guy I am now rooting for now. If he returns, I'm sure it will be a very emotional day for him, his family and football fans everywhere. I hope we are the ones who take a chance on him.

RuthlessBurgher
04-30-2011, 02:17 PM
Belichick took the chance in round 5.