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Marcus Cannon: ‘It’s just a blessing to have this opportunity to play in the NFL’

04.30.11 at 6:12 pm ET
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Marcus Cannon (AP)

FOXBORO — Patriots’ fifth-round selection Marcus Cannon held a conference call with the New England media this afternoon, and here are a few of the highlights of the Q&A:

What was your reaction to getting drafted by the Patriots?
It was a blessing. Me and my family, we’re pretty ecstatic. After all that we’ve figured out in the last couple of weeks, it’s just a blessing to have this opportunity to play in the NFL.

You mentioned the last couple of weeks. Can you take us through of what it has been like? I imagine it’s been quite an emotional roller coaster for you and your family?
We first figured out that I have lymphoma, and my parents came down here. It really hasn’t been as emotional as you’d expect. God’s kept us pretty settled, he’s kept us pretty patient, so everything’s been taken care of.

What tipped you off that you first might be suffering from something or did it just come up in normal physical exams?
At first it came, [when] they said [it] in an exam in the combine. One of the teams ordered a biopsy and the biopsy confirmed that something was wrong.

Where do you go from here with your medical situation?
I listen to whatever doctors tell me to do. I’ve started treatment. I just listen to them. I just do what they say and go to my treatment. That’s all I can do.

Is it at all disappointing or difficult? I mean, this a culmination of the amateur portion of your professional career, so is it hard for you to now have to sit on a conference call and talk about all this medical stuff. Is that disappointing or difficult for you?
It’s not disappointing. This is just something I have to go through. God wouldn’t have put on my plate if it were something that I couldn’t handle. I knew this was going to happen. I was going to have to talk about this the whole time. If that’s what you all want to know, it’s okay. Me and my family are here celebrating and we can care less about the other part. Right now we’re just real happy that I’m going to be in the NFL.

How did you emotionally prepare for this week, because at some point, it looked like you would go in the second round or even higher and now it’s the fifth round? Did you know that your stock would slip a little bit? Did you have an idea that it would take until the third day?
I knew my stock was going to slip a little bit. Me and my family just had faith and we knew that God’s favor would show and that I’d get picked up somewhere. We were just sitting waiting patiently for a call and we finally got it.

You’re larger than the guards that the Patriots have on the roster. Can you tell us your attributes and what you think you can bring to the offensive line here?
I think I bring a big frame that moves as fast as everybody else or faster, a lot of power, and I bring a good personality to the team.

Have you ever played at guard before?
No, I haven’t.

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