McDowell grad James Conner visits with injured Cathedral Prep athlete

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James Conner continues to make an impact both on and off the field.

Conner, a running back for the University of Pittsburgh, visited with injured Cathedral Prep athlete Ian Maleisiewski at the Children’s Institution of Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Maleisiewski, a two-sport athlete at Prep, broke two vertebrae wrestling in a tournament at the University of Akron in early June.

Maleisiewski was recently transferred to Pittsburgh to begin rehabilitation in hopes of gaining movement back in his arms an legs.

“We all go through something sometimes and we don’t know why,” Conner said. “They say God does things, take people here and uplift others.”

Conner, a McDowell graduate, was recently declared cancer free after spending nearly seven months battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Conner and Maleisiewski spent over an hour Wednesday sharing stories and both exchanged gifts, as Conner gave Malieisiewski his game-worn jersey from when he broke Tony Dorsett’s single-season touchdown record.

Maleisiewski gave Conner a Prep T-shirt with the slogan “Be a Dawg.” 

A Sports Illustrated reporter and photographer were there and will document it in the college football preview issue that will be released in early August. 

Conner was recently named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, known as “College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service.” 

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