Start me up: James Conner is the starting running back for the AFC in Sunday’s Pro Bowl.
But in his mind, he knows he has a long way to go. As a matter of fact he isn’t even referring himself as the Steelers starting running back for next season, knowing it’s something he has to earn.
“Any time I get satisfied or comfortable and think I arrived, that’s when I decline,” said Conner. “I’ve got to earn it every year. Nothing is given to you. There is no label. I am not the starter this year. I have to earn that. I will earn it in training camp. That’s what we’ll do.
“If you think you are the guy, that’s when you will decline. You have to have the mindset that you have to earn everything. Nothing is given to you. Right now I am not the starting running back. I have to earn it.”
Conner said he is looking forward to working with new running backs coach Eddie Faulkner, who he has had a chance to speak with. And the plan is, to work on every aspect of his game.
“Every part of it,” said Conner. “The speed, explosion. Still the catching part of it, protection. Overall game.”
Brotherly love: Maurkice Pouncey is accustomed to playing in the Pro Bowl, but being there with his twin brother Mike Pouncey, the center for the Los Angeles Chargers, is something special. The Pouncey brothers have about 50 friends and family attending the festivities and game, which is only about 30 miles from where they grew up in Lakeland, Florida.