LSU's Heisman Trophy winner, whose 89-yard punt return against Ole Miss on Halloween night in 1959 will be replayed as long as college football exists, will be honored with a public visitation and funeral at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
After news of Cannon's death spread across LSU's global community Sunday morning, Cannon's family said his service would be private. The outpouring of community love must have been too great.
His life of fame, disgrace and redemption was like a Greek tragedy. After wrecking a successful orthodonist's career with a crazy counterfeiting scheme for which he spent time in prison, Cannon turned into a much greater man than his athletic prowess.
Giving dental care and comfort to prisoners at Angola, among the most reviled creatures on earth, showed a Christlike grace.
Thanks to another LSU legend, former athletics director Joe Dean, Dr. Cannon was welcomed back into the LSU family.
After his death Sunday, Twitter showed pictures of the frail Dr. Cannon with fellow Baton Rouge native Derrius Guice and other of today's young black stars, who couldn't have played at LSU in Cannon's day.
On Wednesday, Baton Rouge and LSU will say goodbye to one of their own.