Conner was born in Erie, Pennsylvania in May 1995 to Kelly Patterson and Glenn Conner Sr.
He is the youngest of five brothers, after Glenn, Richard, Michael and Rico.
Rico’s mother, Kelly, remarried, and now has a half-brother.
Conor has maintained a close relationship with his mother and father and has recently given both of them expensive gifts.
In 2020, he moved his mother, Kelly, to a new home. He then bought his father Glen a new truck, which he documented on social media.
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Connor participated in the NFL Scouting Combine but ran only the 40-yard sprint, broad jump, vertical jump, and bench press.
He completed his combined performance at Pitts Pro Day by completing the three-cone drill, short shuttle and positional drill.
After the pre-draft process, NFL Draft scouts and analysts estimated Connor to be a fifth or sixth round choice.
Sports Illustrated ranked Conner as the 12th best running back in drafts, while DraftScout.com listed him as the 15th best running back.