One of the legendary figures in Penn State football history will appear at York Area Sports Night.
Shane Conlan, a linebacker on PSU's 1986 national championship team, will make an appearance at the 53rd annual program on Feb. 9 at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center.
Conlan was a pivotal player in perhaps the most storied game in Nittany Lions history — the 14-10 triumph over Miami in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl. He had eight tackles and two interceptions in that battle of unbeatens, which gave PSU the national crown. Conlan was also a redshirt freshman on the 1982 PSU national title team and he was on the 1985 Lions squad that lost to Oklahoma in Orange Bowl in what amounted to a national championship battle.
In his junior and senior seasons, PSU went a combined 23-1.
Conlan was a two-time All-American at PSU and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. He later went on to a nine-year career in the NFL, including three Pro Bowl appearances. He was the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1987.
Derrick Williams also appearing: Another former PSU standout has also has been added to the Sports guest list — wideout and kick returner Derrick Williams.
Williams was rated the nation's top recruit in 2005 when he signed with the Nittany Lions. He arrived in Happy Valley when PSU was struggling through a period of four losing seasons in five years. Williams' arrival was credited with helping to turn around the Lions program. During his four years as a starter at PSU, the Lions went 40-11. He had 99 catches combined in his junior and seniors seasons.
Among previously announced guests for Sports Night were: former Red Lion High School football standout Andrew Zeller, who was a three-year starter on the offensive line for Maryland; Baseball Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter; and Pro Football Hall of Famer John Randle.
With Conlan's addition, there are now three Hall of Famers on the guest list.
Details: The Sports Night program will feature a public celebrity reception and silent auction from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to meet the celebrities up close, gather autographs and bid on sports memorabilia to benefit the York Area Sports Night scholarship program. Tickets for that event are $80 in advance and $100 at the door, if available.
There will also be an exclusive celebrity dinner with a live auction from 6:15 p.m. until 8 p.m. for celebrities, hosts, sponsors and guests.
Both events will take place at the Terrace Room at Heritage Hills.
In a departure from previous years, there will not be evening celebrity reception following the celebrity dinner.