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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: Rescheduled Steelers-Titans Game to be Nationally Televised on CBS

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The rescheduled game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans is expected to be nationally televised on CBS, according to a report by the New York Post’s Andrew Marchand.

As for when the game will be played, Marchand is reporting it will be played on Monday at 5 p.m., or Tuesday at 6 or 7 p.m.

The Steelers and Titans were originally supposed to square off Sunday at 1 p.m., but that game has been postponed after three Titans players and five staff members tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. The total has no risen to ten since the outbreak was first reported.

The NFL announced in a statement Wednesday that the game would be postponed to Monday or Tuesday to “allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing.”

Another option that has been discussed would reschedule the game for Week 7, which is Tennessee’s bye week, and push the Steelers-Ravens matchup scheduled for that Sunday to Week 8. The Steelers and Ravens currently share a bye Week 8.

Marchand added that the league prefers to play the game Monday to keep competitive balance, while CBS wants to play the game at 7 p.m. as to not disrupt their news programming.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/30/20

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The Steelers were back to work on the practice field Wednesday despite learning their upcoming game against Tennessee is being moved to either Monday or Tuesday.

In this clip, the defense, most notably the secondary works on coverage, runs to stay conditioned and shows the chemistry of the entire unit.

Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers

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Where Would a Monday or Tuesday Night Steelers Game Be Broadcast?

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If the NFL follows historical precedent, the the Steelers game against the Titans, moved to Monday or Tuesday night by the league on Wednesday, will still be broadcast locally on CBS affiliate KDKA-TV, but no final decision has been for the game at this time, Steelers Now has learned.

In the past, when Sunday games have been postponed to a weeknight for other issues, the games have been broadcast locally as they would normally be on a Sunday afternoon, and not nationally in competition with other broadcasts.

ESPN has exclusive national broadcast rights for Monday night games and they will be airing the Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers game, starting at 8:15 p.m. Monday night.


There is no exclusive national broadcast window for Tuesday nights, of course, but there would have to be some type of arrangement made with CBS to remove the game from that network and have it be broadcast nationally.

KDKA-TV and other CBS affiliates in the Pittsburgh and Nashville markets would also have to deal with the prospect of pre-empting primetime network broadcasts. CBS is scheduled to air long-running series Big Brother on Monday night and NCIS on Tuesday night.

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