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.
list ordered by

1
404 96
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
AidanBitterman added Saquon Barkley

2
427 130
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

3
380 114
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

4
430 134
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

5
448 147
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

6
365 109
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker

7
300 86
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker

8
292 82
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

9
287 82
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

10
298 89
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

11
275 82
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

12
256 72
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

13
244 76
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

14
273 86
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide Receiver

15
201 61
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

16
171 50
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

17
145 39
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Left Guard

18
174 60
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Defensive end, Linebacker

19
153 48
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

20
151 45
Lenny Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back, Wide receiver

21
174 65
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

22
139 45
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

23
175 66
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

24
132 39
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

25
115 36
O. J. McDuffie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

26
126 43
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive lineman

27
107 37
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

28
102 29
Mike Reid is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Defensive tackle, Tackle

29
122 52
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

30
103 38
D. J. Dozier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

31
124 47
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

32
97 30
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added

33
105 40
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

34
92 32
Bruce Clark is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

35
104 40
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tight end

36
42 5
Trace McSorley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
1512175085827 added Trace McSorley

37
81 26
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Running back, Fullback

38
106 45
Michael Mauti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Michael Mauti Linebacker

39
62 15
Matt Bahr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Placekicker

40
18 1
Mike Gesicki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Mike Gesicki Tight End

41
70 26
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tight end

42
97 54
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

43
66 26
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

44
71 30
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

45
64 30
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich

46
66 28
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker, Placekicker

47
51 16
Chris Bahr is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Placekicker

48
70 31
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide receiver

49
64 27
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

50
75 40
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tackle