CONLAN made the most of his final season in State College, leading the Lions to the national title game, a 14-10 victory over Miami in the Fiesta Bowl that was capped by his two interceptions of Hurricanes QB Vinny Testaverde. Super Sam, however, wasn't as fortunate in Super Bowls. The 1987 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year played six seasons with his hometown Bills (and three with the Rams) and made three Pro Bowls, but he was a part of Buffalo's first three Super Bowl losses.
Retired from football since '95, Conlan and his wife, Caroline, settled in Sewickley, Pa., where they've raised four children. Conlan sold life insurance for several years, but since '99 he has worked for Senior Management Group, LLC, at which he oversees marketing, client development and player representation for the firm's several dozen NFL clients.