Name: Sal Conaboy
College: University of Maryland
Height, weight, class, position: 6-3, 295 pounds, senior, center
High School: Abington Heights in Clark Summit, Pa.
About Sal Conaboy: After taking a redshirt, Conaboy has racked up 20 starts in three seasons for the Terrapins – including 13 last season as the No. 1 center for an offensive line that powered a Maryland offense that rang up more than 3,000 yards passing. The President of the Maryland Chapter, Conaboy was an All-Academic ACC selection as a junior and received the football program Public Service Award for his service to the community as a student-athlete. Prior to this season Conaboy, who is the starting center again for the 4-2 Terrapins, did an internship with the U.S. Marshall’s Service. A Pennsylvania first-team All-State selection in 2009, Conaboy was also a member of the Pennsylvania Big 33 squad his senior season.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
CONABOY: Running out of the locker room, rubbing Testudo’s nose and hearing the fans cheering. There is no greater feeling!
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
CONABOY: When I first got to UMD Uplifting Athletes was just starting off with our team. It was great for me to see all the older guys work so hard for such a great cause. I knew I had to get involved and was passionate about seeing Uplifting Athletes grow in our program and getting the players involved. Being involved with Uplifting Athletes has taught me that the game of football means a lot more and can do a lot more than what some people might think. It is our responsibility to help people who are less fortunate and collegiate student athletes are in a great position to do just that.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
CONABOY: My most memorable experience is when we played Virginia Tech last year and won in overtime..
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
CONABOY: My undergrad is in Criminal Justice and I am currently pursuing a Masters in Supply Chain Management. I can’t think of anything specifically but the main thing that comes to mind is organization and communication.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
CONABOY: My favorite NFL player to watch is Jason Kelce. I think he’s a talented center and I am able to learn a lot from watching him play.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
CONABOY: I enjoyed playing at Clemson. They always have a good crowd and the fans really get into it.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
CONABOY: After football I hope to get into law enforcement.