Cannon chosen for 'Courage' award

January, 5, 2012
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Rookie offensive lineman Marcus Cannon has been chosen by teammates as the Patriots 2011 Ed Block Courage Award winner.

The Ed Block Courage Award Foundation is "dedicated to improving the lives of neglected children and ending the cycle of abuse. The purpose is to raise awareness and prevention of child abuse. That objective is coupled with the Foundation's commitment to celebrating players of inspiration in the NFL."

Cannon was the team's fifth-round draft choice out of Texas Christian. He had been projected to be selected higher, but slipped in the draft after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

He opened the 2011 season on the reserve/non-football injury list, and then was activated to the 53-man roster on Nov. 16. He has appeared in seven games this season at right tackle, all as a reserve.

Cannon recently shared his "football journey" with ESPNBoston.com; to read it, CLICK HERE.

Past Patriots recipients of Ed Block Courage Award:
  • 2010 – Wes Welker
  • 2009 – Tom Brady
  • 2008 – Sammy Morris
  • 2007 – Steve Neal
  • 2006 – Rodney Harrison
  • 2005 – Tedy Bruschi
  • 2004 – Rosevelt Colvin
  • 2003 – Mike Vrabel
  • 2002 – Joe Andruzzi
  • 2001 – Ted Johnson
  • 2000 – Tedy Bruschi
  • 1999 – Drew Bledsoe
  • 1998 – Troy Brown
  • 1997 – David Meggett
  • 1996 – Sam Gash
  • 1995 – Vincent Brown
  • 1994 – Tim Goad
  • 1993 – Bruce Armstrong
  • 1992 – Irving Fryar
  • 1991 – Fred Marion
  • 1990 – Ronnie Lippett
  • 1989 – Kenneth Sims
  • 1988 – Garin Veris
  • 1987 – Lin Dawson
  • 1986 – Steve Nelson
  • 1985 – Pete Brock
  • 1984 – Steve Grogan

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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