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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1
447 103
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
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2
399 119
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

3
447 139
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

4
444 143
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

5
467 154
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

6
385 115
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker

7
317 91
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker

8
294 85
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

9
304 88
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

10
303 87
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

11
311 92
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

12
267 73
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

13
257 79
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

14
287 88
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide Receiver

15
211 61
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

16
178 51
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

17
151 39
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Left Guard

18
185 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
161 48
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

20
28 1
Mike Gesicki is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Mike Gesicki Tight End

21
159 45
Lenny Moore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back, Wide receiver

22
144 40
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

23
145 47
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

24
181 69
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

25
181 69
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

26
58 6
Trace McSorley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
1512175085827 added Trace McSorley

27
119 37
O. J. McDuffie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

28
130 45
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive lineman

29
113 38
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

30
109 29
Mike Reid is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Defensive tackle, Tackle

31
103 30
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added

32
129 47
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

33
107 38
D. J. Dozier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

34
126 53
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

35
110 40
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

36
110 40
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tight end

37
96 32
Bruce Clark is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

38
115 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
85 26
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Running back, Fullback

40
65 15
Matt Bahr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Placekicker

41
102 54
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

42
72 26
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tight end

43
70 26
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

44
75 30
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

45
67 30
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich

46
53 16
Chris Bahr is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Placekicker

47
77 40
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tackle

48
81 39
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

49
72 32
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide receiver

50
76 41
Devon Still is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Defensive tackle