James Conner Anxiously Awaits His Shot at a Career in the NFL

Round 2 of the NFL draft is tonight

ERIE, Pa - He's anxiously awaiting his shot at a career in professional football, and as he does, the Erie community rallies behind him.
 
Tonight may be the big night James Conner has been waiting for his whole life. 
 
I spoke to a couple of his coaches who saw the very beginning of his impressive football career.
 
"James kind of lived the way he plays. He was a resilient kid, he was a mentally tough kid. He'd give you the most in the classroom as he'd give you on the playing field."
 
Resilient is a word often used to describe Erie native, and NFL hopeful, James Conner.
 
Despite being diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in December of 2015 and ensuing chemotherapy, he has persevered...to say the least.
 
His former coaches describe James as a great kid to be around, very positive, and that smile that everyone sees on TV is just as bright in person...and just as contagious.
 
And as he anxiously awaits his chance to be drafted into the NFL, he's obviously also, a phenomenal football player.
 
"He did have the potential when we started playing some really high end teams and he was so dominant."
 
"James' coaches reminisce about some of his most memorable moments on the field."
 
"He kind of came to the coaches and said, I want to play defensive line. And the first game we played him in, he was so dominant and so explosive it was really just an ah-ha moment...like, this kid can play anywhere."
 
"You know our heads are down a little bit and we needed to score immediately because it was a tight game against a top opponent. He responded. He caught the ball and just took off you know 100 miles per hour, hitting it exactly as we practiced it and planned it...and did a couple of things on his own, no doubt."
 
"Man this is a dream come true. Telling me that they're going to draft me and I'm gonna give them everything I got."
 
Of course, James, everyone here from the Jet24 family is cheering for you tonight. 

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