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Austin R. Vaughn | NCAA.com | May 23, 2016

College football: Pitt's James Conner declared cancer free

  Conner was named a first team All-American and earned ACC Player of the Year honors as a sophomore.

James Conner was turning heads the moment he suited up for the Pittsburgh Panthers.

As a true freshman, Conner led Pitt in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns and set a Panthers bowl record for rushing yards (229). The following season, Conner continued his almost meteoric rise by rushing for 1,765 yards. The sophomore was named a first team All-American by the AFCA and earned ACC Player of the Year honors.

Sadly, Conner was sidelined for the majority of his junior season thanks to an MCL tear in the Panthers' season opener.

But, things got worse.

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On Dec. 4, 2015, the former All-American announced he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.

Despite the dour circumstance, Conner remained positive and promised himself and his fans that he would play football again.

Barely five months after his diagnosis, that promise is a little closer to being fulfilled.

On May 23, Conner tweeted that he was "clean of cancer."

Whether he will be back on the field or not remains to be seen, but it's great to see a happy ending to this tale.

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