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.
list ordered by

1
376 93
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
AidanBitterman added Saquon Barkley

2
414 128
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

3
366 112
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

4
416 131
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

5
437 145
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

6
355 107
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker

7
285 78
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

8
292 84
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker

9
279 80
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

10
291 86
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

11
264 81
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

12
248 71
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

13
235 75
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

14
262 86
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide Receiver

15
195 60
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

16
167 49
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

17
140 38
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Left Guard

18
149 45
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

19
166 59
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Defensive end, Linebacker

20
147 43
Lenny Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back, Wide receiver

21
168 63
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

22
169 65
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

23
134 44
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

24
123 41
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive lineman

25
127 39
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

26
32 2
Trace McSorley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
1512175085827 added Trace McSorley

27
110 36
O. J. McDuffie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

28
101 37
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

29
97 29
Mike Reid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Defensive tackle, Tackle

30
118 52
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

31
120 47
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

32
99 38
D. J. Dozier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

33
93 30
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added

34
103 40
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

35
101 40
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tight end

36
87 31
Bruce Clark is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

37
78 26
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Running back, Fullback

38
60 15
Matt Bahr is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Placekicker

39
102 45
Michael Mauti is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Michael Mauti Linebacker

40
68 26
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tight end

41
94 53
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

42
70 30
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

43
64 26
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

44
65 27
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Placekicker

45
68 30
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide receiver

46
62 26
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

47
49 16
Chris Bahr is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Placekicker

48
61 30
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich

49
76 38
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

50
72 40
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tackle