Running back James Conner's inspiring story has resonated with Football fans before he has played a down in the NFL,which has helped him become one of the NFL's most popular players. Conversely, Le'Veon Bell's continued holdout has certainly impacted his popularity. Bell's No. 26 Steelers jersey, one of the hottest jerseys in the Football over the past several years, has taken a dramatic fall in DICK's Sporting Goods recent rankings of Football jersey sales.
While a star playmaker at Pitt, Conner captivated college football by overcoming Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015. Videos of Conner in a medical mask practicing with his team between treatments went viral. Conner returned to the lineup in 2016 and posted 20 total touchdowns.
The Steelers drafted him in the third round, No. 105 overall.
James Conner's jersey sales should continue to climb with every week he spends as Pittsburgh's starting running back. In Week 1, Conner rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries while also catching five passes for 57 yards. In Week 2, he scored another rushing touchdown while catching all five of his targets for 48 yards. He also caught a 2-point conversation in Pittsburgh's 42-37 loss to the Chiefs. Conner is slated to start Monday night's game in Tampa Bay.
Below is a list of each Steeler and where they currently rank on the list of the NFLs top 100 jersey sales. No.7: JuJu Smith-Schuster No.9: Antonio Brown No.18: James Conner No.35: T.J. Watt No.69: Ben Roethlisberger No.71: Ryan Shazier No.79: Le'Veon Bell No.94: Alejandro Villanueva