While the Cincinnati Bengals were not helping out their reputation by drafting Joe Mixon, their divisional rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, were involved in probably the most heartwarming story of the 2017 NFL draft. Two years ago former University of Pittsburgh running back, James Conner, overcame cancer and the Steelers put an exclamation point on the comeback story by making Conner’s dream come true when they drafted him in the third round with the 105th overall pick. What a contrast in character between the two organizations.
Let’s see what Twitter thought about this very emotional story.
I’m legit crying right now. Holy smokes. James Connor had cancer, made it back to Pitt and. Now drafted to @steelers
— Ted Pajak (@TedPajakGITD) April 29, 2017
James Connor might be the only pick yinz will not complain about.
— Ahmad (@BigARashad) April 29, 2017
James Connor staying in Pittsburgh!!! 🤔👌🏾
— MarkusWheaton (@twheat002) April 29, 2017
— Phil G (@hailtopitt2005) April 29, 2017
The Bengals drafted Joe Mixon, The Steelers drafted James Connor….. The difference in those two organizations is crazy
— Tyler Donaldson (@tdonaldson1239) April 29, 2017
Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin talking to his 3rd round draft pick RB James Connor from the University of Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/DlGnqTbCje
— Tailgate Sports (@_tailgatesports) April 29, 2017
The tale of two organizations: Bengals draft Joe Mixon. Steelers Draft James Connor. #Steelers
— Blitzburgh (@Steel_Curtain4) April 29, 2017
James Connor excited for opportunity to play in front of fans at Heinz Field.
— Fake KDKA News (@Fake_KDKA) April 29, 2017
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 29, 2017
— UPROXX Sports (@UPROXXSports) April 29, 2017
James Connor getting drafted by his hometown team was pretty cool. Great insurance for Pittsburgh.
— 2017 NFL Draft (@DraftRT) April 29, 2017
So when do James Connor jersey’s go up for sale? @steelers
— Zack Collins (@zackcollins_lit) April 29, 2017
Me the second James Connor’s Steelers jersey goes on sale: pic.twitter.com/lgISsMpO1q
— Hailee Rae (@HaileeRae276) April 29, 2017
— Steel Legends (@Steel_Legends) April 29, 2017
GET THOSE @JamesConner_ STEELERS JERSEYS READY TO GO. JUST TAKE MY MONEY
— Barstool Pitt (@Barstool_Pitt) April 29, 2017
This is what makes sports so amazing. Feel good stories like this one. You can go more in-depth on this story as it was recently on ESPN as a SC Feature.