College Sports 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
562 131
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
AidanBitterman added Saquon Barkley

2
543 178
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

3
507 164
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

4
498 156
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

5
337 97
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

6
445 146
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

7
449 145
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker

8
312 86
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

9
333 97
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide Receiver

10
339 100
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

11
344 103
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

12
296 89
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

13
355 110
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker

14
346 106
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

15
240 71
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

16
227 70
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
204 64
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

18
178 51
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Left Guard

19
189 51
Lenny Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back, Wide receiver

20
180 57
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

21
168 46
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

22
166 55
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

23
201 78
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

24
130 42
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

25
145 51
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive lineman