Pittsburgh running back James Conner delivered the best news of the year in college football on Monday. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last November, Conner tweeted that he has been declared cancer-free.
God is AMAZING. Just got the call that my body is clean of cancer!!! Been a long road but God had my back. Thanks everyone who said prayers!- James Conner ️ (@JamesConner_) May 23, 2016
Conner had previously announced two weeks ago that he completed scheduled chemotherapy treatment. Last month, Conner appeared on "The Ellen Show" to discuss his diagnosis, and he was introduced to Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry, who returned to the field last year after a battle with lymphoma.
The 2014 ACC player of the year, Connor rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore. He entered the 2015 season with high expectations, but he tore his MCL in Pitt's first game and missed the season, before the cancer diagnosis came at Thanksgiving. While not able to participate in any contact, Conner worked out as much as he could during the Panthers' spring practice while undergoing cancer treatment. He also threw out the first pitch at the Pittsburgh Pirates' home opener last month.
If Conner returns to Pitt's lineup this fall, he'll team up with sophomore Qadree Ollison, who rushed for 1,121 yards after Conner was injured last season, to give the Panthers one of the nation's best backfields. Pitt opens its season on Sept. 3 vs. Villanova.