Ya Neva Know: you know what I mean? is a weekly lifestyle podcast hosted by musician Mike Stud. It is a show about the meaning of life, the payoffs of positive thinking, and the ability to be able to stop and smell the roses. On this week’s episode, Mike sits down with Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner.
A former collegiate All-American for the University of Pittsburgh, Connor was on the road to NFL stardom. Following a stand-out sophomore season, life threw a curveball at Connor, as he would soon discover a diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and a torn MCL at the very same time. With perseverance, faith, and the power of the mind, Connor overcame these setbacks and eventually suited up for Pitt again in the 2016 season, posting over 1,000 rushing yards and 16 TDs. He would forgo his senior season to attend the NFL Combine.
He soon was drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. After spending the season as a backup behind superstar Le’Veon Bell, he would get his first Week 1 start in 2018 due to Bell’s contract holdout. What came next were the fruits of hard work and staying positive. Connor would finish the season with 973 rushing yards, 12 TD’s, a Pro Bowl selection, and the undisputed role as the team’s starting running back.
“Seeing Hopkins, Von Miller, Mahomes, all them, just getting tight with them. Getting to know them as dudes, rather than saying to them ‘good game.’ Like getting to know them, drinking with them, all that—the experience was crazy. I got to go back every year now. And I’m going to go back every year now.”
It is evident James Connor deserves to be where he is now. He and Mike dive into their experiences more when life knocks you down and how to have the mindset to overcome these tough times. The takeaway is life advice that not only applies to athletes but all Steves.
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Ya Neva Know: you know what I mean? is a weekly lifestyle podcast hosted by musician Mike Stud. It is a show about the meaning of life, the payoffs of positive thinking, and the ability to be able to stop and smell the roses. You can listen to us on Apple, Spotify, and Youtube. Shout us out on Twitter @ynk_podcast if you would like to comment and tell us how we are doing.