SBNation Hall of Fame: Shane Conlan

The fine folks at SBN are putting together a revamped College Football Hall of Fame. Our buds at H&R summed up the process:

They are asking for up to five nominees from 10 categories. Some of these will be easier than others, but here are the categories:

QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, LB, DB, ST, Coach.

Eligibility is simple: For players or inactive coaches, the nominee should have been out of college for four full years. So the first class would cover 1962 to players and coaches who finished their career by 2007 (bowls of January 2008). The other option for active coaches OR coaches who haven't been inactive for four years is that they were at their current position for at least five seasons. (Position, NOT school.). Basically, we can nominate five players here and submit them.

Today we continue our countdown of the official BSD ballot for Penn State's nominees with yet another two-time All-America selection: Linebacker Shane Conlan.

For the Committee's consideration (whoever those folks are) we here at BSD humbly submit two-time All-American LB Shane "Super Sam" Conlan. Conlan, from Frewsburg, NY, played at Penn State from 1981-1986, although he was red-shirted his freshman year. However, once on the field, Conlan played with a ruthless aggression that made him one of the best linebackers in College Football during the 1980's.

Conlan rocketed to stardom during the 1985 season, where he earned his first All-American Birth. In the 1986 Orange Bowl loss to Oklahoma, Conlan led the Nittany Lions to hold Sooner running back Jamelle Holiewell to 1 yard on 12 carries. The following season, Conlan amassed 79 tackles, including 63 solos, en route to a second consecutive stint on the All-American Team.

The ‘86 season was capped by, perhaps, the greatest single game ever put together by a defender in College Football history. Conlan snared two interceptions, totaled 8 tackles and generally made life hell for Vinny Testaverde and Jimmy Johnson, en route to securing Joe Paterno’s second national championship.

Conlan left Penn State as the 2nd all-time leading tackler, with 274 career tackles and as a two time National Champion. The late Joe Paterno put it succinctly, when he referred to Conlan as “the best linebacker I ever coached.” From a school known as Linebacker U, that is high praise indeed.

More Nominees for the 2012 SBN College Football Hall of Fame:

OL Jeff Hartings


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