With his mother and head coach by his side, Pitt University running back James Conner announced Friday that he has Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

"When I heard that I got cancer, I was a little was scared, but fear is a choice,” said Conner.  “I choose to not fear cancer. We are going to fight it and beat this thing.”

The 2014 ACC Player of the Year and McDowell graduate was in the middle of rehab for a torn knee ligament when symptoms began.

Conner says he does not view this diagnosis as career-ending.

"I will play football again,” said Conner.  “I have faith in Dr. (Stanley) Marks. I will be at Heinz Field again. I have the best coaches and teammates in the country. I thank God I chose Pitt because now I also have the best doctors in the country.

His doctor, Stanley Marks, says the cure rate is 85 to 95 percent.

“This is a highly curable cancer,” said Dr. Marks.  “We are optimistic that James [Conner] will be cured."

Conner also remains optimistic.

“I know God would never bring me to something that He can't bring me through,” said Conner.  “That's where we're at."

Conner said he will begin chemotherapy on Tuesday.  He’s expected to undergo treatments every two weeks for six months.