nhl jersey size 52 A Steelers rookie and cancer survivor has one of the hottest
One of the hottest selling NFL jerseys, right there with those of Tom Brady, Dak Prescott and Marshawn Lynch, belongs to a running back taken in the third round of April’s draft, eighth at his position and 105th overall. Of course, fans, especially those in Pittsburgh, do have good reason to feel strongly about James Conner.
The Erie, Pennsylvania, native played at the University of Pittsburgh before being drafted by the Steelers. During his junior year, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He continued to participate in non contact drills with the team while undergoing chemotherapy treatments, and he declared himself cancer free in May 2016 before enjoying a stellar senior season.
Conner is vying to be the primary backup to Le’Veon Bell, who checked in at No. 19 on the Dick’s list. Another Steeler, wide receiver Antonio Brown, had the ninth best selling jersey.
The 2014 ACC player of the year, Conner rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore, but in 2015, he suffered a season ending knee injury during the Panthers’ season opener. The 6 2, 235 pound back then received his diagnosis around Thanksgiving, but in December, Pitt Coach Pat Narduzzi said, “Cancer started the fight and James is going to finish it.”
In practices the following spring, Conner had to wear a mask to protect himself from harmful bacteria, and he couldn’t be tackled because he had a port in his chest through which the chemotherapy was administered. After Conner got the news that his treatments were successful, Narduzzi said in a statement, “Over the past six months, James Conner fought cancer the same way he plays football: relentlessly and without surrender. . . . He has inspired and touched so many people in how he has handled this challenge.”