athletes 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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Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

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2
259 74
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

3
255 76
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jack Ham Linebacker

4
211 56
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
229 66
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Paul Posluszny Linebacker

6
173 41
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

7
184 46
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tamba Hali Defensive end, Linebacker

8
169 41
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Allen Robinson Wide Receiver

9
183 52
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Larry Johnson Running back

10
180 51
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

11
69 8
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
AidanBitterman added Saquon Barkley

12
159 51
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curt Warner Running back

13
151 47
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
150 51
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kerry Collins Quarterback

15
101 31
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Cameron Wake Defensive end, Linebacker

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105 35
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Steve Wisniewski Offensive Lineman, Guard

17
123 48
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

18
89 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
95 34
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bobby Engram Wide receiver

20
110 44
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Matt Millen Linebacker

21
112 46
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Robinson Running back

22
81 30
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Todd Blackledge Quarterback

23
90 38
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
81 39
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curtis Enis Running back

25
64 26
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
73 33
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Courtney Brown Defensive lineman

27
53 17
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Rosey Grier

28
68 30
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

29
62 29
D. J. Dozier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
D. J. Dozier Running back

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68 30
Michael Mauti is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Michael Mauti Linebacker

31
73 34
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dan Connor Linebacker

32
67 30
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kyle Brady Tight end

33
54 24
Devon Still is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Devon Still Defensive tackle

34
54 21
Mike Reid is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Mike Reid Defensive tackle, Tackle

35
70 34
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Lydell Mitchell Running back

36
47 18
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Matt Suhey Running back, Fullback

37
56 30
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Blair Thomas Running back

38
62 35
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Evan Royster Running back

39
56 28
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jared Odrick Defensive end

40
33 10
Matt Bahr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Matt Bahr Placekicker

41
42 18
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
54 31
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Levi Brown Tackle

43
37 16
Gerald Hodges is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Gerald Hodges Linebacker

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36 18
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich

45
45 23
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
40 19
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ed O'Neil Linebacker

47
44 23
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Greg Buttle Linebacker

48
40 21
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kenny Jackson Wide receiver

49
38 20
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ted Kwalick Tight end

50
39 21
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dave Robinson Linebacker, Placekicker