|Birth ( Age )
||5 May 1995
||University of Kentucky, Grand River Collegiate Institute
||Professional Football Player
|Wife / Girlfriend
||Glen Conner Sr.
||$ 3 million ( estimated)
James Conner with Girlfriend Sarah Quinn
James Earl Conner is an American football back for the Arizona Cardinals of the National league (NFL). He played college football at Pittsburgh, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers within the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In 2014, he garnered AFCA first-team All-American honors and was awarded the ACC Player of the Year.
Early Life : James Conner was raised by his parents, Kelly Patterson and Glen Conner Sr. and is that the youngest of 5 brothers. His brothers are Glen, Richard, Michael and Rico. Glen, Richard and Michael are blood related, while Rico may be a stepbrother from his mother's second marriage. He majored in communication at Pitt.
Personal Life :On December 4, 2015, Conner announced he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Despite this, he said "I prefer to not fear cancer...I will play football again." After tearing his MCL during the Panthers' first game of 2015, Conner began attending rehab and commenced experiencing excessive fatigue and other symptoms, leading doctors to perform a chest x-ray that exposed Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He endured 12 rounds of chemotherapy and completed his last chemo appointment on May 9, 2016. During his treatment, Conner continued to participate in non-contact drills with the Pittsburgh Panthers eleven the maximum amount as his body would allow.
Conner appeared on the April 21, 2016, episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and met Kansas City Chiefs' safety Eric Berry, who also overcame Hodgkin's lymphoma and who Conner saw as an inspirational figure. During Conner's treatment, both players would speak via text but had never met face to face .On May 23, 2016, Conner announced on Twitter that he was cancer free.
James Conner is reportedly dating a beautiful girl named Sarah Quinn. Sarah was a cheerleader for the University of Pittsburgh and she is now an RN for a Trauma and Burn Center.
Professional Career : As a real freshman in 2013, Conner played in 12 of 13 games. He made his collegiate debut during the Panthers' season opening loss to Florida State and had eight carries for 34 yards.The following week, he scored his first career touchdown against New Mexico and finished the win with 12 carries, 119 rushing yards, and a season-high two touchdowns.Conner started his sophomore season rushing for 153 yards on 14 carries and scored a season-high four touchdowns within the season-opening 62–0 convert Delaware.
Conner played within the Panthers' season-opener against Villanova and finished the victory with 17 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown while also accounting for 3 receptions for 15 yards and scored his first career touchdown reception.On December 10, 2016, Conner announced via Twitter that he intended to use for early eligibility for the 2017 NFL Draft as an underclassman and forgo his senior year at Pitt. Underclassmen had to use for the draft by January 16, 2017.
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Conner within the third round with the 105th overall pick within the 2017 NFL Draft. Conner was the eighth back selected within the draft. He had the highest selling NFL jersey throughout July, beating all rookies, also as Marshawn Lynch, Von Miller, Dak Prescott, and Tom Brady.On May 11, 2017, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Conner to a four-year, $3.16 million contract that has a signing bonus of $706,288.
Conner made his first NFL start within the season-opener at the Cleveland Browns and had 31 carries for 135 rushing yards and two touchdowns during a 21–21 tie. He scored his first NFL touchdown on a 4-yard run within the half-moon and also had five receptions for 47 yards. His 135-yard performance led all players in rushing yards during Week 1.During Week 5 during a 41–17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, he had 110 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to travel along side four receptions for 75 yards.
Contract & Salary : James signed a 4-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, worth $3,161,523. It includes a $706,288 signing bonus, $706,288 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $790,381.He will earn a base salary of $668,000 while carrying a cap hit of $844,572 and a dead cap value of $353,144 in 2019. On April 13, 2021, Conner signed a one-year affect the Arizona Cardinals.