Pittsburgh (USA), Jun 2.- Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner said he is not afraid to return to the field of play despite the coronavirus pandemic.
This is because Conner, a cancer survivor, has an immune system, and the medical community says that those types of people have a higher risk of getting coronavirus and having more complications than a person with a normal immune system.
Coner, 25, said “I feel 100 percent good. I had a weak immune system four years ago. I am no longer weak. I am fine. I am young and healthy. I went through what I went through.”
He said “I’m not worried about getting back on the field. We’re going to play it safe, of course. I’m not going to ignore it or anything like that. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m not scared by my health history, that It was four years ago. My body is healed. I think that when we follow our protocol and health guidelines, I will be fine. ”
Conner was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma in 2015 and was declared cancer-free in May 2016 after a six-month chemotherapy regimen.
NFL Players Association medical director Dr. Thom Mayer said he believes there may be additional recommendations for players with pre-existing conditions, such as wearing different helmets and masks, maintaining social detachment off the field and using hydration from single use.
During a conference call, Conner referred to how he is using his platform as a prominent professional athlete in the wake of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody last week.
“What is happening is very wrong, but for me, I am going to promote union and unity,” he said.
“We need a change, but it starts with a cliche as it sounds, it starts with hope. The younger generation to come, it is up to us and young parents to teach their children about unity and togetherness and how we are stronger together.”