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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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201 35
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
AidanBitterman added Saquon Barkley

2
326 100
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

3
314 94
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

4
266 74
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
281 83
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Paul Posluszny Linebacker

6
312 97
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jack Ham Linebacker

7
217 55
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
223 58
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tamba Hali Defensive end, Linebacker

9
225 62
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Larry Johnson Running back

10
216 60
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

11
207 58
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Allen Robinson Wide Receiver

12
203 59
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curt Warner Running back

13
179 56
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
179 62
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kerry Collins Quarterback

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15
126 37
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Steve Wisniewski Offensive Lineman, Guard

16
148 50
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

17
105 30
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Mike Munchak Left Guard

18
124 44
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Cameron Wake Defensive end, Linebacker

19
127 46
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Matt Millen Linebacker

20
110 38
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bobby Engram Wide receiver

21
132 52
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Robinson Running back

Famous Garfield High School Alumni

22
97 34
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Todd Blackledge Quarterback

23
105 40
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
90 35
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Courtney Brown Defensive lineman

25
79 28
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
69 20
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Rosey Grier

27
93 43
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curtis Enis Running back

28
77 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

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29
86 36
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Lydell Mitchell Running back

30
78 32
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

31
88 39
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dan Connor Linebacker

32
77 33
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kyle Brady Tight end

33
68 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
56 20
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Matt Suhey Running back, Fullback

35
42 10
Matt Bahr is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Matt Bahr Placekicker

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61 25
Mike Reid is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Mike Reid Defensive tackle, Tackle

37
77 37
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
57 24
Bruce Clark is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bruce Clark Defensive end, Defensive lineman

39
73 43
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Evan Royster Running back

40
60 32
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Levi Brown Tackle

41
63 31
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jared Odrick Defensive end

42
57 30
Devon Still is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Devon Still Defensive tackle

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43
48 20
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ed O'Neil Linebacker

44
45 21
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

45
51 23
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Derrick Williams Wide receiver

46
47 22
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kenny Jackson Wide receiver

47
49 24
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Greg Buttle Linebacker

48
33 11
Chris Bahr is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Chris Bahr Placekicker

49
43 21
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ted Kwalick Tight end

50
43 22
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dave Robinson Linebacker, Placekicker