college football The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time  

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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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241 55
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
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2
344 105
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

3
342 108
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jack Ham Linebacker

4
290 84
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Sean Lee Linebacker

5
361 118
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

6
305 94
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Paul Posluszny Linebacker

7
242 66
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

8
241 66
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

9
244 69
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Larry Johnson Running back

10
234 67
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tamba Hali Defensive end, Linebacker

11
222 68
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curt Warner Running back

12
223 69
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Allen Robinson Wide Receiver

13
200 63
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ki-Jana Carter Running back

14
198 68
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kerry Collins Quarterback

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15
144 41
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Steve Wisniewski Offensive Lineman, Guard

16
168 53
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

17
117 32
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Mike Munchak Left Guard

18
123 41
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bobby Engram Wide receiver

19
143 54
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Matt Millen Linebacker

20
135 52
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Cameron Wake Defensive end, Linebacker

21
144 59
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Robinson Running back

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111 40
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Todd Blackledge Quarterback

23
117 42
Lenny Moore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Lenny Moore Running back, Wide receiver

24
103 38
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Courtney Brown Defensive lineman

25
90 31
O. J. McDuffie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
O. J. McDuffie Wide receiver

26
97 37
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Lydell Mitchell Running back

27
102 47
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curtis Enis Running back

28
85 34
D. J. Dozier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
D. J. Dozier Running back

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76 24
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Rosey Grier

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80 34
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Blair Thomas Running back

31
73 25
Mike Reid is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Mike Reid Defensive tackle, Tackle

32
86 35
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

33
99 44
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dan Connor Linebacker

34
51 11
Matt Bahr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Matt Bahr Placekicker

35
66 22
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Matt Suhey Running back, Fullback

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85 36
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kyle Brady Tight end

37
67 28
Bruce Clark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bruce Clark Defensive end, Defensive lineman

38
81 41
Michael Mauti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Michael Mauti Linebacker

39
54 23
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dave Robinson Linebacker, Placekicker

40
78 49
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Evan Royster Running back

41
51 25
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich

42
64 36
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Levi Brown Tackle

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67 35
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jared Odrick Defensive end

44
53 24
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ed O'Neil Linebacker

45
53 24
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kenny Jackson Wide receiver

46
56 27
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Greg Buttle Linebacker

47
38 13
Chris Bahr is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Chris Bahr Placekicker

48
61 37
Devon Still is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Devon Still Defensive tackle

49
49 24
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ted Kwalick Tight end

50
54 28
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Derrick Williams Wide receiver