Just four months ago, Pittsburgh running back James Conner revealed that he had been diagnosed with Stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma in his chest and neck. Although the cure rate for it was placed relatively favorably "between 85-95 percent," cancer of any kind is a serious fight, and Conner's process to this point has been incredibly inspiring.
"I realized that fear is a choice," he said back in December. "I choose to not fear cancer. I choose to fight it and I will win."
Two months later, the athlete was back at practice with his teammates. It wasn't a return to game action, but a very positive sign all the same. Now, after another couple months, he got to show off his arm strength on one of the biggest stages in sports.
At the first game of the 2016 MLB season between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, Conner took the mound to throw the ceremonial first pitch. The huge crowd in attendance gave him a roaring cheer as he jogged over to let it fly and he even joked about his one-hopper on Twitter soon after.
Cover image: James Conner via Twitter