American Football Database
Larry Conover
Date of birth: (1894-05-21)May 21, 1894
Place of birth: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Date of death: August 4, 1945(1945-08-04) (aged 51)
Place of death: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Career information
Position(s): Center
Career highlights and awards
  • Canton Daily News: 1st team all-NFL (1923)
  • GB Press-Gazette: 2nd team all-NFL (1923)
  • Anthracite League champion (1924)
Playing stats at

Larner Somers Gardner Conover (May 21, 1894 – August 4, 1945) was a professional American football player who played during the early years of the National Football League (NFL). After attending high school in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Conover attended Penn State University, where he served as the team's captain in 1917.[1] Conover was the head basketball coach at Clemson for the 1920–21 season.[2]

Nicknamed "The Atlantic City Airedale", Conovar made his professional debut in the NFL in 1921 with the Canton Bulldogs. Conover played in the league for four years, playing for the Cleveland Bulldogs, Frankford Yellow Jackets and Canton. In 1922, Conover signed on to play with the then-independent, Pottsville Maroons. There he helped the Maroons become the top team in the Pennsylvania coal region.[3] In 1924, the Maroons won the Anthracite League championship. The following year, the Maroons joined the NFL.

Conover later served as a line coach coach at the University of Georgia and as an assistant football coach his alma mater, Penn State, from 1926 to 1932. He died on August 4, 1945, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, from a heart attack after attempting to revive a drowned swimmer.[4]