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For years, Penn State was known as one of the great bastions of Northeastern football. Located in State College, PA, the school is known for having some of the greatest college football teams in NCAA history. Some of the best college football players of all time have emerged from the school that's nicknamed "Linebacker U."

The storied history of Penn State has resulted in national championships and a loyal, devoted fan and alumni base who proudly call themselves "Penn Staters." However, the players aren't slouches either. Franco Harris and Jack Ham are two Hall of Fame players who attended Penn State and were forces on the gridiron in both college and the NFL. In the 1990s, players like Kerry Collins, Ki-Jana Carter, and Kyle Brady bridged the program's success into the next generation, while the 2000s saw running back Larry Johnson carry the team to greatness.

Who are the best players in Penn State history? Well, that depends on who you ask. If you like hard-nosed, rugged football, you'll pick a defensive player. Though knowing Penn State's football history, if you like that brand of football, you may select an offensive lineman who paved the way for the team's star players to find success. 

This is the list of the best Penn State football players of all time. Vote or re-rank the list according to how you see fit. Feel free to add any Penn State players who aren't already listed below.
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1
219 62
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jack Ham Linebacker

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2
215 61
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

3
158 36
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tamba Hali Defensive end, Linebacker

4
199 56
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Paul Posluszny Linebacker

5
221 64
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

6
174 44
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Sean Lee Linebacker

7
145 34
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

8
158 42
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

9
137 34
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Allen Robinson Wide Receiver

10
157 44
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Larry Johnson Running back

11
142 43
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curt Warner Running back

12
131 40
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ki-Jana Carter Running back

13
129 44
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kerry Collins Quarterback

14
95 29
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Steve Wisniewski Offensive Lineman, Guard

15
114 41
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

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16
82 25
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Cameron Wake Defensive end, Linebacker

17
98 36
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Robinson Running back

18
86 30
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bobby Engram Wide receiver

19
97 39
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Matt Millen Linebacker

20
78 27
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Mike Munchak Left Guard

21
73 26
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Todd Blackledge Quarterback

22
84 31
Lenny Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Lenny Moore Running back, Wide receiver

23
50 11
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Rosey Grier

24
73 33
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curtis Enis Running back

25
49 16
Devon Still is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Devon Still Defensive tackle

26
63 26
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Courtney Brown Defensive lineman

27
62 24
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

28
53 22
O. J. McDuffie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
O. J. McDuffie Wide receiver

29
63 27
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Lydell Mitchell Running back

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30
59 24
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kyle Brady Tight end

31
64 28
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dan Connor Linebacker

32
53 25
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Blair Thomas Running back

33
49 18
Mike Reid is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Mike Reid Defensive tackle, Tackle

34
57 25
Michael Mauti is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Michael Mauti Linebacker

35
54 26
D. J. Dozier is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
D. J. Dozier Running back

36
38 12
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Derrick Williams Wide receiver

37
40 14
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Matt Suhey Running back, Fullback

38
35 11
Gerald Hodges is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Gerald Hodges Linebacker

39
54 30
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Evan Royster Running back

40
50 23
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jared Odrick Defensive end

41
48 24
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Levi Brown Tackle

42
41 17
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Greg Buttle Linebacker

43
26 5
Matt Bahr is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Matt Bahr Placekicker

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44
41 18
Bruce Clark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bruce Clark Defensive end, Defensive lineman

45
37 15
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ted Kwalick Tight end

46
33 15
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich

47
37 17
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dave Robinson Linebacker, Placekicker

48
35 17
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kenny Jackson Wide receiver

49
34 17
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ed O'Neil Linebacker

50
26 12
Dennis Onkotz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dennis Onkotz Linebacker