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Marcus Cannon went from a longshot to make the NFL to receiving an extension

Yesterday, the New England Patriots signed G/T Marcus Cannon to a two-year contract extension through 2016.

This came after Cannon found out at the 2011 NFL Combine, his physical showed irregularities; further testing led to a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, for which Cannon underwent treatment during the summer of 2011

Cannon was projected as a 2nd round pick until the medical reports.

Cannon originally was drafted in the fifth round out of TCU in the 2011 NFL draft. He has 10 career starts with the Patriots.

Cannon has experience at both guard and tackle, but has been running as New England’s No. 3 tackle this season.

The No. 138 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Cannon was headed into the final year of his rookie deal.

It just shows you that you can make it if you work hard.

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