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Wham, Bam, Super Sam
Craig Neff
December 22, 1986
Penn State's Shane Conlan, a quiet fellow known to his teammates as Super Sam, is the latest—some say the greatest—linebacker turned out by Linebacker U
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December 22, 1986

Wham, Bam, Super Sam

Penn State's Shane Conlan, a quiet fellow known to his teammates as Super Sam, is the latest—some say the greatest—linebacker turned out by Linebacker U

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It certainly makes for a dichotomous personality. "Those things I read in the paper, Shane saying he likes to hit people," Kay Conlan says, brow wrinkled.

"Aw, well," his father says, grinning proudly.

"Well, a mother doesn't like to hear that. He doesn't mean it like it sounds."

In truth, he probably does. Conlan came back for his fifth year at Penn State to get his degree, another crack at the national title and, perhaps more than anything else, additional training for the violent world of pro football. "I hate to sound selfish," he says apologetically, "but sometimes you have to do what's best for you."

What's best for the Penn State football team is having Super Sam appear and start knocking heads. Conlan the linebacker smiles. "That's the name of the game," he says. "Just take off and rock 'em."

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