If he had waited one more week, it might have been too late.
Steelers running back James Conner said on the “Ya neva know: you know what I mean?” podcast that when he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2015 that he was told he had a week to live had he not been diagnosed and treated.
“Night sweats, bro. I’m getting like 15 minutes of sleep a night, like, going through it. Sleep, who don’t love sleep? That’s the worst s–t in the world,” said Conner, who was a junior at Pitt at the time. “I get some tests done. I got a tumor, surrounding my heart. … The doctor told me I had a week left. He said, ‘You got about a week. If you didn’t get this treated, you had about a week at the rate it was growing.’ I think about that s–t every day.”
Conner was rehabbing an MCL injury at the time. He previously ngawartoskeun AS Dinten that he “could’ve died on the field” from taking hits to the chest had he not suffered the knee injury.
The 24-year-old was deemed cancer-free after about six months of chemotherapy. He was first-team All-ACC his senior year, was drafted in the third round in 2017 and made the Pro Bowl last season as he filled in for the absent Le’Veon Bell. He rushed for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns in 13 games, adding 55 catches for 497 yards and another score.
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