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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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140 18
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
AidanBitterman added Saquon Barkley

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2
237 65
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Sean Lee Linebacker

3
255 75
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Paul Posluszny Linebacker

4
204 51
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tamba Hali Defensive end, Linebacker

5
283 88
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

6
282 85
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

7
194 48
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
281 88
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jack Ham Linebacker

9
196 50
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
205 55
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Larry Johnson Running back

11
197 57
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

12
181 55
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curt Warner Running back

13
165 52
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
167 58
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kerry Collins Quarterback

15
116 35
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Steve Wisniewski Offensive Lineman, Guard

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16
113 35
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
135 50
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

18
97 30
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Mike Munchak Left Guard

19
104 36
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bobby Engram Wide receiver

20
117 45
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Matt Millen Linebacker

21
121 49
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Robinson Running back

22
87 33
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Todd Blackledge Quarterback

23
99 39
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
71 28
O. J. McDuffie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
O. J. McDuffie Wide receiver

25
88 42
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curtis Enis Running back

26
62 19
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Rosey Grier

27
80 35
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Courtney Brown Defensive lineman

28
71 32
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

29
81 36
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dan Connor Linebacker

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30
77 36
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Lydell Mitchell Running back

31
73 33
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kyle Brady Tight end

32
71 32
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

33
63 32
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Blair Thomas Running back

34
39 10
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
57 27
Devon Still is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Devon Still Defensive tackle

36
62 28
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jared Odrick Defensive end

37
73 36
Michael Mauti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Michael Mauti Linebacker

38
51 20
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Matt Suhey Running back, Fullback

39
56 24
Mike Reid is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Mike Reid Defensive tackle, Tackle

40
67 38
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Evan Royster Running back

41
46 19
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Derrick Williams Wide receiver

42
42 19
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich

43
45 19
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ed O'Neil Linebacker

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44
56 31
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Levi Brown Tackle

45
50 24
Bruce Clark is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bruce Clark Defensive end, Defensive lineman

46
47 23
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Greg Buttle Linebacker

47
43 22
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kenny Jackson Wide receiver

48
40 20
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ted Kwalick Tight end

49
38 18
Gerald Hodges is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Gerald Hodges Linebacker

50
41 21
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dave Robinson Linebacker, Placekicker