On Thursday, May 22, The National Football Foundation announced its list of inductees for the 2014 class for the College Football Hall of Fame. Former Penn State linebacker Shane Conlan has been selected to the class.
“It’s a great honor to join all the former Penn State players and all the great players in the College Football Hall of Fame,” said Conlan. “It’s very humbling. The list of nominees was such a distinguished group.”
Conlan was a star for the Nittany Lions in the mid-80’s and was the leader of the fantastic defense during the 1985-86 season and the 1986-87 National Championship season. He was a three-starter during his career at Penn State. During the 1987 Fiesta Bowl against Miami, Conlan led the defense in the victory over the No. 1 Hurricanes by making eight tackles and two key interceptions, including one returned to the goal line to set up the game-winning touchdown.
He was a two-time All-American and one if the most popular Nittany Lions of all time.
After leaving Happy Valley, Conlan was selected by the Buffalo Bills as the No. 8 pick in the 1987 NFL Draft. He enjoyed a nine-year professional career.
The last Penn State player to be elected was running back Curt Warner in 2009. Though Conlan was the only Nittany Lion selected this year, he was joined on the ballot by fellow Penn Staters D.J. Dozier and Steve Wisniewski.
Conlan will be officially inducted at the National Football Foundation’s 57th annual awards dinner on December 9 in New York City. The former linebacker will become the 18th Nittany Lion in the Hall. Penn State is also represented by five inducted coaches.