The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Pitt Panthers running back James Conner in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft despite the fact he missed just about the entire 2015 season, his junior year, after being diagnosed with cancer. Conner came back in 2016 after beating stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma and showed the college football world that he's a true warrior by rushing for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns.
He's now cancer-free four years to the day. To mark the occasion, he had a message for those fighting against this disease on a daily basis.
This is the definition of inspirational considering that at the time of his diagnosis, doctors told Conner he had "about a week left" to live. He's living proof that we're the product of our mindset.
Given he defeated cancer against all odds, he should have no problem silencing the doubters in Pittsburgh next season. Conner's endured numerous injuries during his time in the Steel City and saw a major regression in 2019, leading to chatter about his departure after the upcoming campaign, a contract year.
If the 25-year-old has any say in it, however, he'll once again be a Pro Bowler and earn himself a hefty second contract after he runs through his opponents when the regular season begins.