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James Conner’s Has Big Day in Debut as the Starter But what is Up with that Haircut?

September 10, 2018
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James Conner’s Has Big Day in Debut as the Starter But what is Up with that Haircut?

One thing is certain about Erie native James Conner’s first NFL start: It won’t be forgotten.

Conner, a second-year back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, spent Sunday afternoon gouging the Cleveland Browns’ defense for 135 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. He also had five receptions for 57 yards.

However, in the end, the Steelers wasted a 21-7 fourth-quarter lead while settling for a season-opening 21-21 tie at Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium.

Conner, a McDowell High School graduate and former University of Pittsburgh star, started in place of All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell, who sat out the game because of a contract dispute.

In first NFL start, McDowell graduate rushes for 135 yards and 2 TDs, piles up 192 total yards and became a betting favorite to have a great season.

But if James Conner is going to be taking over for Le’Veon Bell as the focal point of the Steelers’ running game, he’s going to need a new haircut. This one is not working…


I’m struggling to come up with the words to describe that. What did he tell his barber? What’s with the two random lines? How did the barber even cut the lines? What product is Conner using on the longer portion? Was this haircut Conner’s idea or did the barber come up with it? How long did it take?

Anyway, back to the game. Conner was the Steelers’ primary back, and he gave the Steelers a 7-0 halftime lead by rushing eight times for 46 yards in the half, including the first touchdown of his pro career, a 4-yard burst with 11 minutes left in the second quarter. He had 78 total yards at the half.

He had a big workload for the Steelers after halftime, rushing 23 times for 89 yards. His 22-yard run through Browns’ defense and to the left corner of the end zone gave the Steelers a 21-7 lead midway through the third quarter.

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