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James Conner bids farewell to the Steelers, and the city of Pittsburgh

The Erie, PA product bids farewell to his hometown, and his first NFL team.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers lost another free agent Tuesday, and it was one of their own. When I say one of their own, I’m speaking more to the city of Pittsburgh. When it became news James Conner had signed with the Arizona Cardinals, it ended a journey of not just 8 years, but with many twists and turns.

It was Conner, the Erie, PA native, who attended the University of Pittsburgh before being drafted by the Steelers in the 2017 NFL Draft. But as everyone knows, it goes much further than just a university, or an NFL organization.

Conner’s bout with cancer was well known, and well publicized across the football landscape. The UPMC Hospital systems helped get Conner back on the football field, back to full health, cancer free and now onto his second contract in the National Football League.

For that, and likely so much more, Conner was more than thankful. He took to his verified Twitter account to share his gratitude to the city of Pittsburgh, and by proxy the Steelers, for his time.

While the Steelers look to move on, Conner now turns his attention to attempting to play football outside of western Pennsylvania for the first time in almost a decade. We here at BTSC wish Conner nothing but the best, and know we speak for the vast majority of the black and gold fan base in the process.

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the rest of NFL Free Agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.