FILE PHOTO: Jan 25, 2019; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers operating again James Conner (30) throughout AFC follow at ESPN Extensive International of Sports activities Complicated. Necessary Credit score: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports activities
Pittsburgh Steelers operating again James Conner printed he was once informed he was once on the subject of demise when identified with most cancers as a pupil at Pitt in 2015.
Talking just lately at the “Ya Neva Know: you realize what I imply?” podcast hosted through former Duke pitcher Mike Seander – higher referred to as hip-hop artist Mike Stud – Conner stated he sought scientific consideration when he was once having hassle napping as he recovered from a torn MCL in his junior season.
“I’m rehabbing for that, looking to make a comeback sooner than the season ends,” Conner, 24, stated. “After which I’m rehabbing and [stuff and I get] evening sweats, bro. I’m getting like 15 mins of sleep at evening, going via it. Sleep, who [doesn’t] love sleep? That’s the worst on this planet … And so I am getting some assessments achieved, and I were given tumors surrounding my center … I were given tumors rising throughout it, and it’s urgent.”
Medical doctors identified Conner with level 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma and located tumors in his neck and chest.
“The physician informed me I had per week left,” Conner stated. “He stated, ‘You were given a few week. In the event you [don’t] get this handled, you a few week on the charge it’s rising.’”
After sending most cancers into remission and rehabbing his knee, Conner returned to the Panthers in 2016, gaining 1,394 all-purpose yards and scoring 20 touchdowns.
The Steelers decided on Conner within the 3rd spherical of the 2017 NFL Draft. After wearing the ball simply 32 occasions as a rookie, he loved a breakout season in 2018, taking up for holdout Le’Veon Bell.
In 2018, Conner had 973 dashing yards and added 497 receiving yards and 13 ratings. He was once decided on to the Professional Bowl.
—Box Stage Media