Penn State Football: Dozier, Wisniewski, Conlan All Up For Hall of Fame
Three former Nittany Lions greats might just be entering the College Football Hall of Fame.
Shane Conlin, D.J. Dozier and Steve Wisniewski are all listed on the National Football Foundation ballot released Thursday.
The three former Nittany Lions are among the 75 players and six coaches that are up for a potential spot alongside some of college football's greatest players.
Former linebacker Shane Conlan is making his first appearance on the ballot. He joins running back D.J. Dozier and former Penn State guard Steve Wisniewski. Both Dozier and Wisniewski have been on the ballot since 2012.
Conlan has long been considered the prototypical linebacker at Linebacker U and is second best at Penn State with 274 career tackles. Conlan was also a two-time All-American and a 1986 Butkus Award semifinalist.
Dozier finished eighth in the 1986 Heisman Trophy voting and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. At Penn State, Dozier scored the game winning touchdown in the 1986 national title game that was set up by an interception by Colan only a few plays early.
Wisniewksi was a 1988 All-America selection at guard and played for the Oakland Raiders for 13 season. His nephew Stefen now plays in Oakland as a center. The elder Wisniewski played alongside Conlan and Dozier before being selected in the second round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. His rights were traded to Oakland.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football.
The 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be announced in May from Irving, Texas, and they will be inducted at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner Dec. 9, 2014 at the landmark Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.