Strath Haven Graduate and Former NFL Linebacker Inducted in PA Sports Hall of Fame

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Dan Connor (football) and Mary Sue Christopher (field hockey) was among 12 individuals honored yesterday at the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame’s Delaware County Chapter 2016 Awards Dinner, writes Harry Chaykun for the Daily Times.

Connor, a Strath Haven High School graduate and former NFLer, and Christopher, a Haverford High School product, both earned All-America honors at Penn State. Connor was a linebacker under coach Joe Paterno, while Christopher helped the Nittany Lions win the collegiate field hockey championship in 1979.

This fall, Connor – who played with the Carolina Panthers, New York Giants, and Dallas Cowboys – will enter his first season as head coach at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor.

Also inducted into the Hall of Fame were coaches Dr. Juan Baughn, Bob Martin, and Ross Kershey, and multi-sport athletes Jeff Barrett, Tom Hauer, and James “Sonny” Realer. Joining them were football players Carl Gersbach and John Hornbrook, basketball player Lamont Ferrell and track and field athlete Dave Johnson.

During the evening, the Delaware County Chapter also presented the Doug Connolly Award to Skip Barry of Clifton Heights for his years of service to youth athletics, while the Dr. Eddie Coyle Award for athletes who have overcome being physically challenged to succeed went to Army Specialist Russell “Rusty” Carter.

Read more about the event in the Daily Times by clicking here.

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