Conner Named AFC Offensive Player Of The Week

The Steelers Running Back had 212 total yards with 2 TDs

Andrew Limberg
October 31, 2018 - 10:07 am

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - After an impressive 146 rushing and 66 reception yards against Cleveland, Steelers running back James Conner has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Conner also had two rushing touchdowns during the 33-18 win against the Browns at Heinz Field Sunday.

Conner became the first player in Steelers’ history to rush for at least 100 years and score two touchdowns in three straight games.

His performance doesn’t come as a surprise to coach Mike Tomlin who says he has been watching Conner since his days at Pitt.

“You know I had a front row seat for his college exploits . . . not that we are surprised by his talents or his play demeanor or his displays of will . . . it’s pretty impressive,” said Tomlin.

Guard Ramon Foster says Conner’s drive and desire are what help him continue to improve.

“He has a focus about him. He wants to be good. He wants to be that guy and you can tell it’s in him,” said Foster. “I enjoy watching him because he runs with a passion that’s out of this world.”

During his weekly radio show on The Fan, Ben Roethlisberger says his son pretends he is James Conner when they play together and texted Conner to tell him, “when I come home and play catch with my son and every time he catches it, he’s you, I said thanks for being a good role model and please don’t ever stop understanding that everything you do you have a chance to be an amazing role model.”

This is the first time Conner has received the honor. He is in his second year with the Steelers.