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Steelers keep James Conner in Pittsburgh

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James Conner is leaving college football, but he’s not leaving the facility where he practiced or the stadium where he played.

The Steelers have made the former running back a third-round pick in the draft.

Conner’s story is well-documented; he survived cancer to return to football. Conner recently has said he was only 60 percent at the outset of the 2016 college season.

The Steelers currently have Le’Veon Bell at the top of the depth chart. He’s subject to the franchise tag, and could be gone after 2017. Conner, if he develops, could become an intriguing contributor in 2018.

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8 Responses to “Steelers keep James Conner in Pittsburgh”
  1. murphyslaw40 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:51 PM

    And instantly becomes the best selling Steelers jersey.

    Happy for him, he’s a great person.

  2. steelerdeathstar says: Apr 29, 2017 1:33 AM


  3. bird2urmother says: Apr 29, 2017 2:00 AM

    After the Eagles missed out on some of the big name running backs, I was hoping conner would fall to philly in 4th or 5th.

  4. stairwayto7 says: Apr 29, 2017 6:49 AM

    5 carries, 90 yards and a td in 1st game vs Browns!

  5. rankster1950 says: Apr 29, 2017 8:47 AM

    Great news for Pittsburgh football fans. This kid is a beast and a helluva great person

  6. citizenstrange says: Apr 29, 2017 10:02 AM

    It doesn’t really matter because Big Dummy in Big Games will still check off of a run — on a day when Le’Veon Bell was running wild for 170 yards! — on 1st and inches at the goal line so he can throw a pick. Just like he did in the playoff game against the Chiefs where he scored ZERO — that’s 0.000% — touchdowns and yet the Steeler defense dragged him across the finish line for the win.

    Then the next week against the Pats, Big Dummy scored all of 9 points in the first 56 minutes. That’s just how good Big Dummy is!

  7. jackedupboonie says: Apr 29, 2017 10:28 AM

    Damn….Bettis jr. I liked this guy every time I ran across a Pitt game.

  8. intellectualpenury says: Apr 30, 2017 5:03 PM

    Should have traded up to get Joe Mixon. Conner runs hard but Mixon pack’s a real PUNCH

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