James Conner to throw out first pitch at Pirates’ Opening Day

Pitt Panthers running back James Conner is currently battling cancer, having just undergone his ninth chemotherapy treatment, but will have reason to celebrate this weekend. Per a picture on Pitt football’s official Twitter, Conner will head to PNC Park on Sunday afternoon to throw out the first pitch of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Opening Day game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

James Conner to open 2016 @MLB season with first pitch for @Pirates vs. Cardinals on Sunday at 1:05. #ConnerStrong pic.twitter.com/DJWj9zzcq6

— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) March 30, 2016

Conner missed all but one game of the 2015 season due to a knee injury, and his being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in December was just another devastating blow to his comeback.

The good news is that Conner, ever the fighter, has fought cancer with authority and there has been no indication from any party that he will not make a full recovery. Moreover, the fact that he’s feeling well enough to throw out the first pitch in front of a stadium full of rabid Pirates fans is a great sign.

Be sure to stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Conner’s recovery!

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports