Former St. Marys, NFL star to be honored Sept. 15

Green Bay Packers running back Ben Wilson (36) tries to get free from a face mask grab by Oakland linebacker Dan Conners who got Wilson from behind for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter of Super Bowl II on Jan. 14, 1968 in Miami, Fla. (AP photo/Harold Valentine)

ST. MARYS – Former St. Marys Area High School and NFL player Dan Conners will be honored during the team’s home game on Sept. 15 at Dutch Country Stadium, the school said Wednesday.

School officials said Conners, who also played in the NFL, will be available at the pavilion inside the stadium to sign autographs and interact with fans and friends between 6-6:45 p.m., prior to the game against Karns City.

A short pregame ceremony will follow, as Conners will participate in the ceremonial coin toss and present his alma mater with NFL Golden Football.

Conners was a three-sport athlete at St. Marys, participating in baseball, wrestling and football. He was a National High School All-American and a Prep All-American after his senior season and was part of the Flying Dutch undefeated football teams of 1957 and 1958 under head coach Bill Oleszewski.

Conners accepted a four-year football scholarship to the University of Miami and was an All-American in 1963.

At the conclusion of his college career, he was selected in the fifth round of the NFL draft by the Chicago Bears and in the second round of the AFL draft by the Oakland Raiders.

The middle linebacker would go on to play 11 seasons. He was the first draft pick Al Davis ever signed with the Raiders.

Conners was named to the AFL All Star team in 1967, 1968 and 1969. He also played in the Super Bowl and in “The Heidi Game” against Joe Namath and the New York Jets.

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