HOT BLAST: Remembering Speedy Cannon of Jacksonville High
Oct 08, 2013 | 5760 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two of Calhoun County's high school football teams have made the hallowed pages of Sports Illustrated.

In "The Ghost of Speedy Cannon," writer Thomas Lake details the death of former Jacksonville High running back Speedy Cannon, who died in 1972 from a brain injury suffered in a game against Wellborn High School.

As the SI story explains, The Star covered Cannon's death and funeral with front-page stories. But Lake, after receiving an emailed tip, set out to determine if, as one former JHS player believes, Cannon's death was essentially a racially motivated murder.

Without further comment, we'll let you, the reader, draw your own conclusions.

Nevertheless, two things are worth noting about the SI story:

1. It's well written and well reported; no doubt, fans of local high school football will enjoy reading it. Some may even remember seeing Cannon play.

2. The online design of SI's story is, quite frankly, is as good if not better than the story itself. The piece includes video of the play on which Cannon was hurt, which you can't watch only once. Count this as another example of the future of online journalism.

-- Phillip Tutor

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