Marcus Cannon

Marcus Cannon

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Cannon during the 2011 NFL season.
No. 61New England Patriots
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-05-06) May 6, 1988
Place of birth: Odessa, Texas
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 335 lb (152 kg)
Career information
High school: Odessa (TX)
College: TCU
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 138
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2016
Games played: 75
Games started: 29
Player stats at

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 the Patriots in the fifth round with the 138th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas Christian University.

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]

College career

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 career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BPWonderlic
6 ft 5 in 358 lb34 in9 in 5.26 s 1.84 s 3.07 s 4.97 s 8.07 s 30.5 in 8 ft 9 in 33 reps28
All values from NFL Combine[3]

The Patriots drafted Cannon in the fifth round of the draft, with the 138th pick, acquired in a trade from the Houston Texans. Cannon's late selection in the draft is widely attributed to him being diagnosed with a 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.[4] (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.[5]

Cannon played in all eighteen of the Patriots regular and postseason games of 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 year 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 December 11 Cannon signed a two-year extension worth up to $9 million, including a $3.2 million signing bonus.[6] 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 number of regular season games, twelve, since his rookie season due to a toe injury but also started the most games of his career at eight.[7]

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.[8]

Personal Life

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.[9] Cannon was diagnosed with Cancer in 2011 after a biopsy was conducted at the request of two different NFL teams, despite the mass having been earlier ruled as benign in 2006 it was found to be cancerous, he underwent treatment and has now been in remission for six years.[10]


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