Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - New England Patriots offensive lineman and native Odessan, Marcus Cannon, came back to his hometown on Monday to talk to Odessa students.

He stopped by Hood Junior High to give a pep talk to the seventh grade football team.

He told the players that hard work and dedication can lead to your dreams.

Cannon told NewsWest 9 why speaking to students is important.

"Paying back to when I was here. Sometimes kids need to hear this stuff from someone who's been there, done that," cannon said.