POSTED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 5:36pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 6:35pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Former LSU football great Billy Cannon was hospitalized Tuesday, Feb. 19  after suffering a stroke.
In his last known interview, Cannon spoke with Michaels Media, a NBC33 News partner, at the Bayou Bash Football Recruiting Party, which was held on February 6, 2013.
During the interview he spoke about his experience at LSU as well as what it was like when he committed to the purple and gold. When asked if he had any doubt about attending the university, he candidly replied that he did have reservations.
“Oh yes. Yes indeed,” he said with a smile. “Until Coach Dietzel got there, they were in disarray. After Coach Dietzel got there, it continued to be in disarray for two years.
“There was talk about they were going to fire Coach Dietzel,” he continued. “When we started winning games, everything changed…Then, all the sudden there wasn’t enough tickets to go around.”
Cannon concluded the interview with a statement that alluded to the recent rash of LSU junior’s who entered the NFL draft early.
“They told me we signed all the 27 that were committed and I just want to tell the fans of LSU, I hope all 27 of these kids go out after their third year into the NFL. That will show you that we’re getting the good ones.”
Click on the attached video to see the entire, unedited interview.