Penn State first-team All-Americans Shane Conlan, D.J. Dozier and Steve Wisniewski are on the national ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014.
Most recently, Curt Warner, Penn State’s career rushing leader for nearly 30 years, was inducted into the hall of fame in 2009 and head coach Joe Paterno was inducted in 2007.
This HOF class will be announced in May in Irving, Texas, and members will be inducted at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 9 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The new hall of fame will open in Atlanta in time for the 2014 college football season.
As for the Nittany Lions eligible, Conlan was a two-time first-team All-American who was instrumental in Penn State earning a 23-1 record and playing in consecutive national championship games in 1985 and ’86.
He was only the sixth Penn State two-time first-team All-American and the second “Linebacker U.” two-time, first-team All-American. Conlan was a team co- captain as a senior in 1986 and a finalist for the Butkus Award.
He recorded 274 career tackles, which were tied for No. 2 on the Penn State list when his career ended. He was the 1987 Fiesta Bowl Most Valuable Defensive Player after recording eight tackles and two interceptions to lead Penn State to a thrilling 14-10 win over No. 1 Miami (Fla.).
The Buffalo Bills selected Conlan with the No. 8 overall pick in the first round of 1987 NFL Draft and went on to earn NFL Rookie of the Year honors.