INDIANAPOLIS -- In our weekly chat on ESPNBoston.com, some participants made a request. After reading about Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich's inspiring story, they wanted to hear thoughts from Patriots rookie offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, who has overcome a health scare as well.
A promise was made to do so.
I never had the chance to catch up with Cannon, but Mark Farinella of the Attleboro (Mass.) Sun Chronicle was nice enough to pass along some comments from him.
"I understand that what I went through can possibly help a lot of people. If there was one thing I want everybody to know that's going through the same things, it's to keep pushing on. Keep going at it. You can make it through. Have faith in your doctors, have faith and just keep pushing on. Everything will turn out OK. ... My outlook was good and my faith was great. I just had faith that everything would be all right. And it was. ...
"Coming in, I just knew I wanted to work as hard as I could. I didn't know whether they were going to need me or not. Even if I was going to be on the practice squad, I knew that was what I was going to try hard to do. I knew that if I got better, I'd be OK. But I never imagined this," he said, pausing to glance around the tent in which all of his teammates were being interviewed by hundreds of reporters. "I never imagined coming to the best team in the league and playing in the biggest game of my life. It's all surreal to me."
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