The Pittsburgh Steelers organization has officially announced player James Conner, an Erie native, will be the recipient of this year's Ed Block Courage Award at the Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage Awards Luncheon on Nov. 5 at Heinz Field.

Conner was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin Lymphoma when he was undergoing rehab for a torn MCL. He was 20-years-old and a junior starting running back for Pitt at the time.

Conner underwent chemotherapy and was declared cancer-free six months later in May 2016.

He was selected by the Steelers in the third round of the NFL draft the following year.

Teammates picked Conner to receive this year's Courage House award "for his resiliency, perseverance and ability to perform at an elite level following his cancer battle," according to a news release.