Former Penn State All-American Shane Conlan will be inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.
The linebacker and leader of the defense for the 1986 national championship team is the 18th Nittany Lion to earn college football’s top career honor, with five other Penn State coaches also enshrined. Conlan will be among 14 standouts honored at the 57th annual awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York
“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.”
The native of Frewsburg, N.Y., capped his career by earning Most Valuable Defensive Player honors at the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, when the Nittany Lions upset No. 1 Miami for Penn State’s second national title in five seasons. He finished with 274 career tackles, was a three-year starter, a first-team All-American in 1986 and was a first-round draft pick, No. 8 overall, of the Buffalo Bills in 1987.