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Cannon checks out of hospital after stroke

Last Modified: Thursday, February 21, 2013 1:40 PM

BATON ROUGE (AP) — LSU vice chancellor Herb Vincent says former Tigers great Billy Cannon has checked out of a hospital, two days after being admitted for treatment of a stroke.

Vincent says one of Cannon's family members informed him Thursday that Cannon was on his way home.

Cannon's family has said that the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner was performing his job as dentist at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola on Tuesday when he showed symptoms of a stroke and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

The family has not released specifics about the prognosis for Cannon's recovery.

In addition to starring at LSU, Cannon had a successful pro career in the American Football League with the Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders, and then went to dental school.

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