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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1
265 77
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

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2
261 79
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

3
263 80
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jack Ham Linebacker

4
88 10
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
AidanBitterman added Saquon Barkley

5
177 43
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

6
232 69
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Paul Posluszny Linebacker

7
213 59
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Sean Lee Linebacker

8
177 44
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
187 48
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tamba Hali Defensive end, Linebacker

10
186 53
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

11
188 54
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Larry Johnson Running back

12
167 53
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curt Warner Running back

13
155 54
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kerry Collins Quarterback

14
154 50
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ki-Jana Carter Running back

15
107 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
103 32
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
126 50
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

18
91 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
112 44
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Matt Millen Linebacker

20
114 47
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Robinson Running back

21
95 36
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bobby Engram Wide receiver

22
83 32
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Todd Blackledge Quarterback

23
94 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
57 17
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Rosey Grier

25
76 34
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Courtney Brown Defensive lineman

26
65 27
O. J. McDuffie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
O. J. McDuffie Wide receiver

27
81 41
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curtis Enis Running back

28
75 35
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dan Connor Linebacker

29
69 31
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

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30
64 31
D. J. Dozier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
D. J. Dozier Running back

31
70 32
Michael Mauti is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Michael Mauti Linebacker

32
69 32
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kyle Brady Tight end

33
55 26
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
55 23
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
71 36
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Lydell Mitchell Running back

36
64 37
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Evan Royster Running back

37
58 28
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jared Odrick Defensive end

38
34 10
Matt Bahr is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Matt Bahr Placekicker

39
47 20
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Matt Suhey Running back, Fullback

40
56 32
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Blair Thomas Running back

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

42
43 19
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Derrick Williams Wide receiver

43
47 23
Bruce Clark is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bruce Clark Defensive end, Defensive lineman

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44
41 19
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
36 18
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich

46
44 23
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Greg Buttle Linebacker

47
37 17
Gerald Hodges is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Gerald Hodges 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