Jet’s John Conner visits with Harrison County football team

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By Mike Aldridge

Former University of Kentucky fullback and current New York Jet John Conner visited the Harrison County High School weight room Friday afternoon and talked to the football team.  
Coach Mark Carroll and 27 of his players were on the Hilltop to gain some wisdom and conditioning tips from Conner and Clif Marshall of Ignition, who brought Conner in to speak to the players of his alma mater.  
Ignition is Marshall’s faith-based training business with facilities in Cincinnati.  Conner and 10 of the Cincinnati Bengals are among the professional athletes who are under Marshall’s guidance during the off season and especially now during the lock out.  
Marshall, a 1999 graduate of Harrison County, has worked on the strength staff at the University of Louisville and is currently the speed coach for the Bengals in addition to his work at Ignition.  
Conner was anxious to share with the Thorobreds players since his family is originally from Harrison County.  
His grandfather, John Conner Sr. lived in Cynthiana along with his other ancestors, the Raymond McCoy family.
John Conner III attended high school at Lakota West in Cincinnati before walking on at the University of Kentucky.  
He emphasized to the team that there are many important parts of being a success in football and life as he highlighted three of the most important.  
Listen to your coaches, do your classroom work and work hard all of the time, Conner listed as the keys to being the best that you can be.  
He made note that all during the beginning of his playing years he was told that he was too small to play the game and even had one Division 1AA team not let him walk on before he walked on at Kentucky.  
He also said that the most fun he had playing was in high school and that the players need to enjoy this time in their lives.
After Conner’s remarks, Marshall took the team out on the field for some tips on speed training and other conditioning.