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James Conner      

Running Back for the Pittsburgh Steelers

James Earl Conner is a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Pittsburgh and was drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In 2014, he garnered AFCA first-team All-American honors and was awarded the ACC Player of the Year.

After tearing his MCL during the Pittsburgh Panthers' first game of 2015, Conner attended rehab and began experiencing excessive fatigue and other symptoms, leading doctors to perform a chest X-Ray that revealed Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He endured 12 rounds of chemotherapy, and during his treatment, Conner continued to participate in non-contact drills with the Pittsburgh Panthers as much as his body would allow. He completed his last chemo appointment in 2016, and later that year, he announced on Twitter that he was cancer free.

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