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
388 124
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

3
370 117
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jack Ham Linebacker

4
374 117
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

5
314 93
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
263 72
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

7
324 102
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Paul Posluszny Linebacker

8
262 75
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Larry Johnson Running back

9
257 74
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
John Cappelletti Running back

10
254 72
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tamba Hali Defensive end, Linebacker

11
238 72
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curt Warner Running back

12
238 76
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
216 66
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
210 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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152 44
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
176 56
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Shane Conlan Linebacker

17
125 34
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Mike Munchak Left Guard

18
130 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
146 53
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
151 57
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Matt Millen Linebacker

21
155 60
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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120 41
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Todd Blackledge Quarterback

23
127 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
109 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
95 33
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
106 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
85 25
Mike Reid is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Mike Reid Defensive tackle, Tackle

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83 25
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Rosey Grier

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109 49
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Curtis Enis Running back

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87 34
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Blair Thomas Running back

31
89 35
D. J. Dozier is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
D. J. Dozier Running back

32
91 37
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

33
104 46
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dan Connor Linebacker

34
71 23
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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53 12
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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87 38
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kyle Brady Tight end

37
74 29
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
89 42
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
60 24
Dave Robinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Dave Robinson Linebacker, Placekicker

40
83 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
57 24
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Kenny Jackson Wide receiver

42
62 28
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Greg Buttle Linebacker

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71 35
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Jared Odrick Defensive end

44
58 25
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ted Kwalick Tight end

45
56 27
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich

46
57 25
Ed O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Ed O'Neil Linebacker

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42 14
Chris Bahr is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Chris Bahr Placekicker

48
66 38
Devon Still is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Devon Still Defensive tackle

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66 38
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Levi Brown Tackle

50
60 29
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