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This is a 2017 photo of James Conner of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL football team. This image reflects the Pittsburgh Steelers active roster as of Thursday, May 11, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

The NFL's hottest jersey belongs to rookie and cancer survivor James Conner


Usually, you expect to see a star quarterback top the list of best-selling NFL jerseys. This year, however, the No. 1 selling jersey in the league belongs to Pittsburgh Steelers rookie James Conner, according to Dick's Sporting Goods' Jersey Report.

That's right, the running back's jersey outsold that of New England Patriots' star quarterback Tom Brady.

But how is that even possible?

Well, if Conner wasn't already on your radar, his story is sure to inspire.

Conner made a name for himself as a star running back at the University of Pittsburgh. In his sophomore year, Conner was named the 2014 ACC Player of the Year. But just when it looked like the stars had aligned for him to have a promising NFL career, he was diagnosed with cancer.

Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after going to the doctor multiple times and being transferred to an ear, nose and throat specialist. Conner immediately started chemotherapy and continued doing non-contact drills with his college teammates throughout his treatment, For The Win reports.

After 12 rounds of chemo, Conner was cancer-free and back on the field for the 2016 season.

The Pennsylvania native entered the NFL Draft this year and was picked by the Steelers in the third round.

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