Pitt football star James Conner is one of the most inspirational athletes in college football.
After earning ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2014, Conner was forced to miss a majority of last season due to injuries and the diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Conner was able to battle through the cancer after 12 rounds of chemo and returned to the field for the 2016 college football season.
It was a remarkable recovery and now Conner is being honored for his fighting spirit and bravery.
On Wednesday, the Football Writer’s Association of America (FWAA) announced Conner has become the first weekly nominee for the 2016 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award.
About the award:
The Courage Award was first presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) in 2002. A select group of writers from the FWAA vote on the winner each year. The requirements for nomination include displaying courage on or off the field, including overcoming an injury or physical handicap, preventing a disaster or living through hardship. The winner of the award will be included in festivities during Capital One Orange Bowl week and receive his trophy at an on-field presentation.
Through two weeks, Conner has recorded for 170 rushing yards, 7 receptions for 45 yards and four total touchdowns.
Hats off to you, James Conner. You are an inspiration to us all.
Photo Credit: James Conner, Twitter