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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.
list ordered by
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Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
AidanBitterman added Saquon Barkley
2
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
3
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
4
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
5
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
6
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back
7
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
8
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker
9
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back
10
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back
11
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back
12
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker
13
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker
14
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide Receiver
15
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
16
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Defensive end, Linebacker
17
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard
18
Lenny Moore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back, Wide receiver
19
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Left Guard
20
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back
21
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
22
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
23
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive lineman
24
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back
25
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback