Conner Says Change Starts With Hope

James Conner in warmups
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By 93.7 The Fan

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – As athletes determine how they can best be a positive influence to help issues of social injustice in the United States.  Steelers running back James Conner, much like he did with cancer awareness, is willing to use his platform to help.

“Obviously what is currently going on is very wrong,” Conner said.  “For me, I’m just going to promote togetherness and unity because we need change.  And as cliché as it sounds, it starts with hope.”

Conner said they have been aware of the issues for years and he believes it’s up to the young parents to teach their kids about unity and togetherness and how we are stronger together.

“People who aren’t black, who don’t understand what it’s like,” Conner said Tuesday on a zoom call with reporters.  “I think the best thing that they can do is reach out to their black friends and just let them know how they feel.  Keep that relationship because we want to stay together and not get divided.”

And Conner said he’s had a number of people reach out to him and that means a lot.

The 4th year Steelers tailback says the team has discussed social injustice matters while a part of meetings.

“I don’t feel it’s my place to talk for the whole organization,” Conner said.  “We definitely know and feel what is going on.  We are impacted by it.  I can just speak for myself, but I know a lot of the guys feel the same way.”

Conner added “we are hopeful things will get better”.

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