Cardinals get a ‘brand new’ James Conner after playing entire career in Pennsylvania

TEMPE, Ariz. — Operating again James Conner has traveled the nation for work and pleasure, however his world has been centered round western Pennsylvania for all 25 years of his life.

That modified this week.

Conner signed a one-year take care of the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, which suggests he’ll be leaving his dwelling state on a full-time foundation for the primary the primary time in his life. He grew up in Erie, went to school on the College of Pittsburgh after which performed the primary 4 years of his NFL profession with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Conner has by no means performed a house sport outdoors of the Keystone State.

After working towards in the identical facility and enjoying in Heinz Subject for eight years, Conner’s new soccer dwelling, State Farm Stadium, is 2,104 miles away from his previous one.

“I really feel model new,” Conner stated. “I am excited for this chance. It is positively a change of surroundings for me, being in Pittsburgh eight years.

“All that point in Pittsburgh was simply prepping me for the place I am at proper now in my life. And this journey introduced me out right here to A-Z and I felt like I used to be nicely outfitted, simply all the things I have been by way of and proceed to undergo on this journey and leads me to right here. So, man, I am excited to be on this purple. I am excited. I am actually excited and it is a blessing.”

Conner did not essentially have a need to depart western Pennsylvania however admitted that he is trying ahead to the change.

It will be a possibility for him to fulfill new individuals, see new locations and expertise extra of the nation.

“Sure individuals discuss being of their hometown and simply really feel like there’s alternative for me to develop,” he stated. “It is one thing new and so I used to be trying ahead to that.”

When Conner, who ran for two,302 yards and 22 touchdowns with the Steelers, was in search of a brand new dwelling in free company, he felt Arizona and the Cardinals had been “proper place, proper time.”

He noticed the soccer aspect of the choice as a possibility to contribute to a staff that, he feels, is “on the rise” and was an opportunity to study from veterans equivalent to receivers DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Inexperienced. Together with Inexperienced, Conner is one in every of six former Professional Bowl gamers the Cardinals have added throughout free company, becoming a member of defensive finish J.J. Watt, heart Rodney Hudson, cornerback Malcolm Butler and kicker Matt Prater as nicely.

From a private aspect, there was one key ingredient to dwelling in Arizona that helped sway Conner’s choice: The solar.

The state is thought to common greater than 310 days of sunshine yearly.

“That is my vibe,” Conner stated. “I really like the solar.”

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