Pittsburgh Steelers rookie, second in NFL in jersey sales

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 19: James Conner /

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a NFL celebrity on their team who’s name doesn’t start with a B.

James Conner ranks second in the NFL in jersey sales heading into training camp. The former Pitt superstar is a hometown hero in the city of Pittsburgh, after his win over Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015, Conner became one of the most well-known players in the NCAA.

Now, it appears that nothing has changed, as Conner ranks behind only Tom Brady in jersey sales. What’s even more shocking, is that he’s directly ahead of Dallas Cowboy quarterback, Dak Prescott, who easily became the biggest superstar rookie last season.

People may have been able to see this coming. Back in May, NFLShop.com ranked Conner 11th in jersey sales. Now that he’s showing off his skills in training camp, and likely going to be the backup to All-Pro, Le’Veon Bell, Conner’s stardom is only rising.

Although none of this means much to NFL players, it’s a clear indication of how’s liked and unliked around the league. Even if you’ll find more people who dislike Brady than actually like him, he’s easily the most respected player in football.

Conner is just taking his NFL journey one step at a time. While some teams may have been a little hesitant to select the 6’2″, 240-pound do-it-all back, Pittsburgh made sure they were keeping the hometown hero right where he belongs.

“It’s a dream come true,” Conner told ESPN’s Jeremy Folwer about staying in Pittsburgh. “They gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, and they are going to get a hard worker and a great football player.”

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The season hasn’t started yet, which means Conner could easily be the NFL’s biggest jersey sale by the end of the season. All he needs to do is continue to improve and show the league that he’s here to dominate just like he did in college.