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.

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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
355 110
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

3
353 114
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jack Ham Linebacker

4
298 87
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
367 122
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

6
311 98
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Paul Posluszny Linebacker

7
247 70
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
247 71
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

9
249 73
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Larry Johnson Running back

10
229 70
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curt Warner Running back

11
238 71
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tamba Hali Defensive end, Linebacker

12
226 73
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Allen Robinson Wide Receiver

13
206 65
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
201 71
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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148 43
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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171 55
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

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120 33
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Mike Munchak Left Guard

18
125 42
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bobby Engram Wide receiver

19
147 56
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Matt Millen Linebacker

20
138 52
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Cameron Wake Defensive end, Linebacker

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147 59
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Robinson Running back

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123 42
Lenny Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Lenny Moore Running back, Wide receiver

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113 41
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Todd Blackledge Quarterback

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104 38
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Courtney Brown Defensive lineman

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91 31
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

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100 37
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Lydell Mitchell Running back

27
104 47
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curtis Enis Running back

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80 25
Mike Reid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Mike Reid Defensive tackle, Tackle

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Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Rosey Grier

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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

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80 34
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Blair Thomas Running back

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89 35
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

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101 44
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dan Connor Linebacker

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69 22
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

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51 11
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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85 36
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kyle Brady Tight end

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70 28
Bruce Clark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bruce Clark Defensive end, Defensive lineman

38
83 41
Michael Mauti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Michael Mauti Linebacker

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57 23
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dave Robinson Linebacker, Placekicker

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59 27
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Greg Buttle Linebacker

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52 25
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich

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54 24
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ed O'Neil Linebacker

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54 24
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ted Kwalick Tight end

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68 35
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jared Odrick Defensive end

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54 24
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kenny Jackson Wide receiver

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78 49
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Evan Royster Running back

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64 36
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Levi Brown Tackle

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40 13
Chris Bahr is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Chris Bahr Placekicker

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62 37
Devon Still is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Devon Still Defensive tackle

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55 28
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Derrick Williams Wide receiver