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Billy Cannon to remain in ICU overnight

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Posted: Feb 19, 2013 10:44 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Feb 19, 2013 10:44 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: billy cannon, rushed, hospital, stroke, angola, prison

BATON ROUGE- Former LSU football star Billy Cannon will spend the night in ICU and doctors will assess his situation Wednesday after the legend had a stroke Tuesday afternoon.

Cannon, who won the Heisman in 1959 and played for the American Football League, was rushed to the ER from Angola, where he is a dentist.

Herb Vincent, spokesperson for LSU Athletics, said that Cannon's family told him the 75-year-old was alert and resting.

"Billy has a special place in LSU history," Vincent said. "The University wishes him well and will provide any support it can. "

Fans echoed that statement.

"He's a hero around LSU and Baton Rouge, and we wish him the best," a fan told WBRZ News 2.

In the 1980's, Cannon served five years in prison for counterfeiting charges.

Cannon was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. For the last fifteen years he has been the director of Angola State Penitentiary's dental program.

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