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.
list ordered by
1
594 134
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
AidanBitterman added Saquon Barkley
2
563 180
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
3
527 165
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
4
514 159
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
5
348 98
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back
6
457 149
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
7
462 147
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker
8
354 103
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker
9
321 89
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back
10
350 103
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back
11
306 91
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
12
340 100
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide Receiver
13
365 112
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker
14
355 108
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back
15
241 73
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Defensive end, Linebacker
16
244 75
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
17
213 67
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard
18
186 52
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Left Guard
19
197 52
Lenny Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back, Wide receiver
20
174 47
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back
21
183 60
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
22
171 58
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
23
208 80
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
24
114 23
Trace McSorley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
seddonjaxon added Trace McSorley
25
149 53
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive lineman