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James Conner gets his number, thousands will buy his jersey

Pitt v Delaware

PITTSBURGH, PA - AUGUST 30: James Conner #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball against the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens during the game at Heinz Field on August 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Panthers won 62-0. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)

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An intriguing dynamic has emerged in Pittsburgh following the decision of the Steelers to keep Pitt running back James Conner in town: Fans have been clamoring to buy his jersey, even though a number hadn’t been assigned to him.

That has changed on Wednesday. Conner, who wore No. 24 at Pitt, will wear No. 30 with the Steelers.

Conner, a third-round selection, will be a popular Steeler not only because of his connection to the college program that plays at Heinz Field but because he has battled and beaten cancer and resumed his football career.

Other new Steelers jersey numbers of note include linebacker T.J. Watt (90), quarterback Josh Dobbs (5), and receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19).