Pittsburgh junior running back James Conner announced Friday that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
Conner has not played since tearing the MCL in his right knee during the first week of 2015 season. He had been contemplating returning to school or turning pro. Those plans have been put on hold while he focuses on his health.
Conner was named the ACC Player of the Year and an All-American in 2014 after rushing for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Conner, according to doctors at the news conference, will undergo his first chemotherapy treatment Tuesday, with sessions going every other week for six months.
He said he does not view this diagnosis as career-ending.
“I will play football again. I will be at Heinz Field again,” Conner said. “I have the best coaches and teammates in the country. I thank God I chose Pitt because now I also have the best doctors in the country, and together we will win. I know this city has my back.”