NFL Network reporter Aditi Knikhabwala reported earlier in April that Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told his head coach Mike Tomlin “Please, get me some more help.” Well, it is fair to say his pleas did not go unnoticed: Pittsburgh selected former University of Pittsburgh running back James Conner in the third-round of this year’s draft.
Roethlisberger told Ron Cook that “I’m not saying I’m the reason we picked him, but I really pushed hard for him.” He added that Conner “is going to be such a great fit for us.”
Big Ben spent some time with Conner—who just turned 22 years old yesterday—ahead of the draft: both players are represented by agent Ryan Tollner and worked out together a few times in Newport Beach, Calif.
The 6’1”, 233-pound running back rushed for 3,733 yards and 52 touchdowns during his college career, even though he had to stop playing for six months to battle Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2015.
Conner may not see a lot of playing time on offence in 2017 if Le’Veon Bell can remain healthy. However, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert openly said that he’s excited to see what the young man can bring to the team as a special teams player.
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