Thursday, February 16, 2012

Shane Conlan

Sent: 10/6/11
Received: 2/16/12
Time: 133 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1988 Topps, 1989 Score, 1989 Score All-Pro
Item Received: 1988 Topps, 1989 Score, 1989 Score All-Pro.  All signed in black Sharpie.

It's no coincidence that the Bills ascension toward AFC dominance in the late 1980s and early 1990s began with the arrival of rookie linebackers Shane Conlan and Cornelius Bennett in 1987.  Bennett wreaked havoc on the outside and Conlan plugged the inside.  He was a prototype inside linebacker, right down to the missing front tooth (see the great photo on his 1988 Topps rookie card).  Conlan was a perennial Pro Bowl selection on the Bills dynasty and has gone down as one of the all-time great defensive players in team history.

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