James Conner Biography

James Conner (James Earl Conner) is an American football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played for college football at Pittsburgh and from there he was drafted by the Steelers in 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.


James Conner Age

James Conner was born on May 5, 1995, in Erie, Pennsylvania United States. He is 24 years old as of 2019,

James Conner Net worth

James Conner earns his income from his businesses investments and from other related organizations. He also earns his income from his work as a football running back. He has earned $1.74 million over his two seasons at Pittsburgh. Conner earns an annual salary of $780,000. He has an estimated net worth of $ 4 million dollars.

James Conner High school career

James Conner attended McDowell High School in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was a running back and defensive lineman on the football team. As a senior, he rushed for 1,680 yards on 155 carries and 26 touchdowns. He committed to play college football at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2012.

James Conner Family

James Conner was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, the United States to Glen Conner and Kelly Bibbs. He has four brothers Rico Conner, Richard Conner, Glen Conner, and Michael Conner. He is the youngest of his four brothers.

James Conner Body measurements

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 12 in
(1.87 m)
233 lb
(106 kg)
31 14 in
(0.79 m)
9 78 in
(0.25 m)
4.65 s 1.63 s 2.69 s 4.40 s 7.14 s 29 in
(0.74 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
20 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pittsburgh’s Pro Day

James Conner College career

2013 season

As a true 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.

On December 26, 2013, Conner had a season-high 26 carries for 226-yards and a touchdown during a 30–27 victory over Bowling Green in the Little Caesar’s Bowl. He was named the 2013 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl MVP. He led the team in rushing yards with 799 and rushing touchdowns with eight. Conner’s 229 rushing yards broke Tony Dorsett’s school record for rushing yards in a bowl game.

2014 season

Conner started his sophomore season rushing for 153 yards on 14 carries and scored a season-high four touchdowns in the season-opening 62-0 win over Delaware. On November 1, 2014, Conner rushed for a career-high 263 rushing yards on a career-high 38 attempts and scored three touchdowns during a 48-51 double-overtime loss to No. 24 Duke.

The next game, he passed two hundred yards rushing for a second consecutive game with 30 carries for 220-yards and career-high-tying four touchdowns in a loss to North Carolina. In his sophomore season in 2014, Conner rushed for 1,765 yards on 298 attempts and set an ACC record with 26 rushing touchdowns.

He led the ACC in rushing yards and ranked 7th in the FBS. At the end of the season, he was named the ACC Player of the Year and garnered AFCA first-team All-American honors.

2015 season

On September 5, 2015, Conner tore his MCL during the Panther’s season-opening 45-37 victory over Youngstown State. He finished the game with eight carries for 77 rushing yards and scored two rushing touchdowns and missed his entire junior season.[19] He was also diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during the rehab process and was finally cancer-free during the off-season.

2016 season

Conner played in the Panthers’ season-opener against Villanova and finished the victory with 17 carries for 53-yards and a touchdown while also accounting for three receptions for 15-yards and scored his first career touchdown reception. The next game, Conner had 22 attempts for 117 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in a 42–39 victory over Penn State.

He also had four receptions, 29 receiving yards, and a touchdown reception against Penn State. On September 17, 2016, Conner had a season-high 24 carries for 111 rushing yards and a touchdown during a 38-45 loss to Oklahoma State. On October 27, 2016, he had 19 carries, a season-high 141 rushing yards and three touchdowns in a 36-39 loss to No. 25 Virginia Tech.

On December 10, 2016, Conner announced via Twitter that he intended to apply for early eligibility for the 2017 NFL Draft as an underclassman and forgo his senior year at Pitt. Underclassmen had to apply for the draft by January 16, 2017.

James Conner Professional career

James Conner attended the NFL Scouting Combine but chose to perform only the 40-yard dash, broad jump, vertical, and bench press. He completed the three-cone drill, short shuttle, and positional drills at Pitt’s Pro Day to finish his combine performance. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Conner was projected to be a fifth or sixth round pick by NFL draft scouts and experts.

He was ranked the 12th best running back available in the draft by Sports Illustrated and the 15th best running back by DraftScout.com. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Conner in the third round (105th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. Conner was the eighth running back selected in the draft. He had the top-selling NFL jersey throughout July, beating all rookies, as well as Marshawn Lynch, Von Miller, Dak Prescott, and Tom Brady.

2017 season: Rookie year

On May 11, 2017, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Conner to a four-year, $3.16 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $706,288. He entered training camp competing with veterans Knile Davis and Fitzgerald Toussaint for the vacant backup running back position left by DeAngelo Williams.

Davis and Toussaint were released during final roster cutdowns, and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin named Conner the backup to Le’Veon Bell to begin the regular season. He made his NFL debut in the season-opener at the Cleveland Browns and had four carries for 11 yards in a 21–18 victory.

In Week 4, he had four carries for a season-high 26 rushing yards in a 26–9 victory at the Baltimore Ravens. On December 29, 2017, he was placed on injured reserve due to an MCL injury that required surgery. Conner finished his rookie season with 144 rushing yards on 32 carries with no touchdowns.

2018 season

Head coach Mike Tomlin named Conner the starting running back to begin the regular season after Le’Veon Bell’s decision to indefinitely hold out due to a contract dispute over a long-term deal. He made his first NFL start in the season-opener at the Cleveland Browns and had 31 carries for 135 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 21–21 tie.

He scored his first NFL touchdown on a 4-yard run in the first quarter and also had five receptions for 47 yards. His 135-yard performance led all players in rushing yards during Week 1. During Week 5 in a 41–17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons, he had 110 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to go along with four receptions for 75 yards.

In Week 6, a 28–21 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Conner had 111 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns to go along with four receptions for 18 yards. In Week 8, Conner had the best game of his career to date, rushing for 146 yards on 24 carries and two touchdowns as well as five receptions for 66 yards in a 33-18 out of the Browns.

For his efforts, Conner was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week along with AFC Offensive Player of the Month for the month of October. In the following game, against the Baltimore Ravens, he had 107 rushing yards, 56 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown in the 23–16 victory.

In Week 13, against the Los Angeles Chargers, he suffered a lower leg injury that sidelined him for a few weeks. It was announced on December 18, 2018, that Connor was selected to the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl, his first, and also named the starting running back for the AFC Pro Bowl Team.

He returned for the regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. He finished the 2018 season with 973 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 55 receptions, 497 receiving yards, and a receiving touchdown. He received an overall grade of 73.0 from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked as the 28th highest grade among all qualifying running backs.

James Conner Personal life

James Conner was raised by his parents, Kelly Patterson and Glen Conner Sr. and is the youngest of five brothers. His brothers are Glen, Richard, Michael, and Rico. Glen, Richard, and Michael are blood-related, while Rico is a stepbrother from his mother’s second marriage. He majored in communication at Pitt.

On December 4, 2015, he announced he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Despite this, he said “I choose 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 began experiencing excessive fatigue and other symptoms, leading doctors to perform a chest X-Ray that revealed 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 football team as much as his body would allow.

Conner appeared on 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 in person.

On May 23, 2016, Conner announced on Twitter that he was cancer free. During the 2018 season, Conner began growing a mullet, which became popular among Steeler fans and fully embracing the Yinzer culture with the hairstyle. He joined many other Pittsburgh natives and/or sports stars that have sported the hairstyle, most prominently former Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Jaromír Jágr.

James Conner Contract

2017 22 $451,235 $176,572 $627,807  $706,288 $1,157,523($1,157,523)
2018 23 $578,000 $176,572 $754,572 $529,716 $578,000($1,735,523)
2019 24 $668,000 $176,572 $844,572 $353,144 $668,000($2,403,523)
2020 25 $758,000 $176,572 $934,572 $176,572 $758,000($3,161,523)
2021 26 UFA

The Pittsburgh Steelers agreed Thursday to a four-year deal with rookie running back James Conner, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.  The Steelers selected Conner with the 105th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Spotrac estimated his rookie deal will be worth a total of $3,177,188, and he’ll carry an estimated cap hit of $641,571 in his first season.

The Steelers shared a photo of Conner signing the contract: “We’re very excited about this young man,” Steelers running backs coach James Saxon said in a statement on the team’s official site. “Excellent football player, hard worker. He is a no-frills football player running the ball downhill. He is a great guy. What he does as a football player is what we want.”

Conner ran for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns in his final season with the Pittsburgh Panthers. He added 21 catches for 302 yards and four touchdowns, too. The 22-year-old had to put his football career on hold in December 2015 after he announced he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma. But last May, doctors declared him cancer-free.

Conner couldn’t have asked for a better situation to start his NFL career. Not only does the Erie, Pennsylvania, native get to play close to home, but he also joined the team for which the running game is a staple of its offense. He won’t replace incumbent starting running back Le’Veon Bell any time soon, but he could occupy a role similar to DeAngelo Williams, who had 98 carries for 343 yards and four touchdowns while backing Bell up in 2016.

Bell is also playing the 2017 season under the franchise tag. If the Steelers are high enough on Conner’s potential, they could make him the starting running back in 2018 should they reach a contract stalemate with Bell.

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