LSU football legend Billy Cannon suffers stroke, will remain in ICU overnight

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 9:14pm

Former LSU football legend Billy Cannon suffered a stroke Tuesday while working at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

This statement was issued Tuesday, Feb. 19 regarding Cannon's health:

"We have been in touch with the family and they report that he is alert and resting," Cathy Fontenot, Louisiana State Penitentiary, said in a formal statement. "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."

Fontenot says Cannon left the prison just after 12:30 p.m. by ambulance.

Billy Cannon is an All-American, 1959 Heisman Trophy winner and 2008 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame. He is one of the American Football League’s most celebrated players.

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