November 17, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; A LSU Tigers helmet sits on the field following a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Ole Miss 41-35. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Tigers Legend Billy Cannon Hospitalized

LSU Tigers football legend Billy Cannon was hospitalized on Tuesday after suffering a stroke. Cannon’s family issued a statement to let everyone know the former Heisman Trophy winner “is alert and resting,” but will remain in the hospital for further evaluation.

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.

“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 Cannon family said. “The family thanks everyone for their prayers and concerns.”

Cannon played for the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders in the NFL, before going to dental school. Cannon has been director of the dental program at the state penitentiary at Angola.

We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the Cannon family and wish Billy Cannon a speedy and full recovery.

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