Conner Reacts To AFC Offensive Player Of The Week Nod

Conner says credit to the offensive line

Jeff Hathhorn
October 31, 2018 - 11:11 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) - Another first for James Conner, after being the first Steelers tailback with three straight 100 yard games, each with a pair of touchdowns, Conner was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday.

“I think it’s just credit to our offensive line,” Conner said.  “It just goes to show their work they’ve put in, you saw some of the holes I ran through.  It was easy.  Really that’s an award for all of us, the fullbacks, tight ends and offensive line, it’s all of ours. “

The second year tailback out of Pitt says he’s just trying to get better every week and believes if you put the work in, you will have success.

“I trust the coaching,” Conner said.  “I trust the guys up front.  When it’s a run I’m going to give it my all.  When it’s a pass I’m going to give it my all.”

Conner had 220 combined yards in the win against Cleveland.  He leads the AFC with 599 rushing yards, second only to Todd Gurley in the NFL in total yards and in touchdowns with nine.  It has brought comparisons to Jerome Bettis with his style of running and that he appears to get better as the game goes on.

“Jerome, he’s legendary,” Conner said.  “Our main thing is just doing the job, I really just do that.  I run the same way first quarter to fourth quarter, just trying to run hard.”

“With winning its fun, I enjoy coming to practice, I enjoy being in the locker room around the guys.  When we are winning, it’s good vibes.  The personal success, I’m not paying attention to it.  It’s fun when we are winning.”

Conner did pay attention to the chants of his name throughout Heinz Field on Sunday.

“That was really special,” Conner said.  “I had to listen to it a couple of times just to make sure I was hearing it right, that they were saying my name.  The City of Pittsburgh, I will never forget that.  It was really special for me.”

So as awards and recognition and the thousands of mentions on social media continue, Conner tries to stay to the main focus.

“It’s special, but we still have a lot of football left this year,” the Erie native said.  “It’s not the ultimate goal.  The ultimate goal is playing football in February.”