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James Conner Stars In New Adidas Ad, But Remains a Reluctant Star

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James Conner has been a rising star in the NFL for the last two seasons, but perhaps it’s time to take the “rising” part of that label away.

Coming off an All-Pro season in 2018, Conner has solidified his role as the Steelers’ starting running back, even if he doesn’t want to take that for granted.

James Conner Not Taking No. 1 Spot for Granted

But Conner is not turning down one at least one of the perks that comes with NFL stardom. As part of his endorsement contract with Adidas, Conner is starring in a new commercial for the Adizero shoe.

Check out the 30-second spot here, complete with Conner’s heat-trail inducing jukes:

Conner doesn’t seem like he’s letting his fame get to his head, though.

“Just keep it free from distractions, put my head down and go to work,” he said of his offseason plans during the Steelers’ three-day minicamp last week.”

The Steelers have seen the worst of what NFL stardom can do to a player’s psyche and a team’s locker room over the last few seasons with seemingly non-stop drama.

Pittsburgh fans will surely want Conner to continue to get NFL-wide accolades for his play, and fame and stardom is something that comes with that.

The fact that Conner’s star has continued to rise might typically raise some red flags, but the former Pitt and Erie McDowell star seemingly has a better understanding of the community and has done nothing but say all the right things.

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Report: Steelers Interviewing Mike Sullivan for QB Coach Vacancy

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interviewing Mike Sullivan for their quarterbacks coach vacancy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.

A 17-year coaching veteran at the NFL level, Sullivan was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos in 2018. He also has previous experience as an offensive coordinator with the New York Giants (2016-17) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-12).

Sullivan is currently the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater Army, a position he has held since March of last year.

Sullivan would also bring additional championship pedigree to the Steelers, having won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the Giants.

Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in 2011 under Sullivan, passing for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns.

The Steelers are looking to fill the void left by Matt Canada, who was officially promoted to offensive coordinator on Monday.

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Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice

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The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.

While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.

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Steelers Promote QB Coach Matt Canada to Offensive Coordinator

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially promoted quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to offensive coordinator, the organization announced Monday.

After the Steelers chose not to renew the contract of previous offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, multiple outlets reported on Jan. 16 that the team was planning to hire from within and promote Canada.

The club reportedly also interviewed former Cleveland Browns head coach Hugh Jackson and Los Angeles Chargers quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton, which proved to be mere formalities.

Canada, 48, was also reportedly a candidate for the offensive coordinator opening with the Miami Dolphins, which was filled last week.

Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh ahead of last season, Canada was most recently the offensive coordinator and interim head coach at Maryland in 2018.

He has also made stops as an offensive coordinator at LSU, Pitt, NC State, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Indiana and Butler.

Canada is most known for his success at Pitt in 2016, where he orchestrated the nation’s tenth-ranked scoring offense averaging 42 points per game. He was recognized as a finalist for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant, that season.

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