Patriots Marcus Cannon gives veteran a Memorial Day surprise


TAUNTON (FOX 25 / – Memorial Day is all about thanking servicemen and women for risking their lives to protect the United States of America, and New England Patriots offensive guard Marcus Cannon found a way to do just that.

Cannon, a cancer survivor, found a way to help disabled Iraq War veteran Robert Rodriguez.

Rodriguez sustained serious head and shoulder injuries on May 19, 2007, while serving in Iraq.  The injury forced Rodriguez into medical retirement from the military and also cost him the ability to participate in one of his favorite pastimes – hunting.

Rodriguez began searching for a crossbow on Craigslist and came across one for sale by Cannon.

Cannon personally delivered the crossbow to Rodriguez at his home in Taunton.  He even gave it to the Purple Heart recipient free of charge as a thank you for his service.

Rodriguez has a deeper love for the Patriots and a new found love for his crossbow.

"Sometimes people don't understand what goes on over there.  It's nice that people acknowledge that hey, we're behind, we're backing you, and we support everything you do, and it's nice to have something like that."