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.

1
419 129
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

2
397 120
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jack Ham Linebacker

3
333 82
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
AidanBitterman added Saquon Barkley

4
394 120
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

5
337 98
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Sean Lee Linebacker

6
344 105
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Paul Posluszny Linebacker

7
272 73
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tamba Hali Defensive end, Linebacker

8
280 79
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Larry Johnson Running back

9
275 77
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

10
270 76
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

11
250 75
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curt Warner Running back

12
233 68
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ki-Jana Carter Running back

13
225 71
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kerry Collins Quarterback

14
251 80
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Allen Robinson Wide Receiver

15
187 57
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

16
161 46
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Steve Wisniewski Offensive Lineman, Guard

17
131 37
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Mike Munchak Left Guard

18
143 44
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bobby Engram Wide receiver

19
159 56
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Cameron Wake Defensive end, Linebacker

20
167 62
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Robinson Running back

21
163 61
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Matt Millen Linebacker

22
130 42
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Todd Blackledge Quarterback

23
138 43
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
119 39
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Courtney Brown Defensive lineman

25
13 0
Trace McSorley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
1512175085827 added Trace McSorley

26
118 38
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Lydell Mitchell Running back

27
105 36
O. J. McDuffie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
O. J. McDuffie Wide receiver

28
93 28
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

29
94 37
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Blair Thomas Running back

30
90 28
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Rosey Grier

31
114 52
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curtis Enis Running back

32
94 38
D. J. Dozier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
D. J. Dozier Running back

33
114 47
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dan Connor Linebacker

34
98 40
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

35
76 25
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Matt Suhey Running back, Fullback

36
82 30
Bruce Clark is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Bruce Clark Defensive end, Defensive lineman

37
58 14
Matt Bahr is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Matt Bahr Placekicker

38
94 40
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kyle Brady Tight end

39
97 43
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
91 50
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Evan Royster Running back

41
66 25
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ted Kwalick Tight end

42
65 25
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dave Robinson Linebacker, Placekicker

43
69 29
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Greg Buttle Linebacker

44
62 25
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
62 25
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kenny Jackson Wide receiver

46
48 15
Chris Bahr is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Chris Bahr Placekicker

47
66 29
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Derrick Williams Wide receiver

48
74 37
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jared Odrick Defensive end

49
72 40
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Levi Brown Tackle

50
58 29
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich