Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry and Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner share a bond that transcends football.
It is the fact that both players have been diagnosed with and beaten Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer. Berry and Conner embraced after the Chiefs’ most recent win in Pittsburgh. Berry did not play in the game, as he is still sidelined with a heel injury.
Conner first met Berry when he was a college football player at Pittsburgh. Berry reached out to Conner via text when he heard about Conner’s story.
Then Berry surprised Conner on The Ellen Show.
Like Berry before him, Conner eventually beat cancer. He was drafted by the Steelers in the 2017 NFL Draft. And because of the Le’Veon Bell contract situation, he is the current starter in Pittsburgh.
This is a relationship and story that is bigger than the game.