VIDEO: Remembering the Emotional Moment James Conner Was Drafted After Beating Cancer

David Kaestle
James Conner receiving the call that he had been drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
James Conner receiving the call that he had been drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. / Twitter: @NFLFilms
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James Conner was one of the best running backs in college football, until tragedy struck in the form of a cancer diagnosis. Conner's faith, positivity and determination never wavered. He went on to beat cancer and get back onto the football field, ultimately fulfilling his lifelong dream of making it to the NFL, for his hometown Steelers nonetheless.

When Conner received that phone call from coach Mike Tomlin on draft day, all of the emotions that go along with the battle he had been through, helped create this touching moment of the ultimate triumph.

It seemed there were few guys in the league with as high a character as Conner, and he's proven that correct so far in his career. He was and always has been an easy guy to root for.

With everything he's accomplished, despite the terribly unlucky hand he was dealt at the most inopportune time, it's impossible not to get a little emotional watching Conner receive a call that would change his life forever, this time for the better.


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