Former Louisiana State University Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke, according to a Feb. 19 USA Today report.
Cannon’s family said that the 75-year old is “alert and resting.” They made the announcement in an email statement, writing, “He did have a stroke and the doctors will conduct tests to see the extent. They will keep him in ICU tonight and watch him overnight. The family thanks everyone for their prayers and concerns.”
Cannon became a dentist after his professional football career ended in 1970 and has been the director of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola for the last 15 years. He was taken by ambulance to a Louisiana hospital at about 12:30 p.m. after showing signs of a stroke, according to a prison spokesperson.
Bud Johnson, a friend of Cannon and LSU's sports information director in the 1960s, spoke to Cannon a few weeks ago, according to USA Today. “He was doing well,” Johnson said on Tuesday Night. “I was planning on having supper with him this week.”
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