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
486 111
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
AidanBitterman added Saquon Barkley

2
495 162
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

3
465 151
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

4
408 123
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker

5
416 132
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

6
464 150
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

7
334 96
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker

8
320 91
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

9
306 91
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

10
321 95
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

11
280 77
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

12
312 95
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

13
301 90
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide Receiver

14
265 82
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

15
188 54
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

16
217 67
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

17
204 62
Cameron Wake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Defensive end, Linebacker

18
166 52
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

19
156 47
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Left Guard

20
165 48
Lenny Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back, Wide receiver

21
149 42
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

22
186 72
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

23
184 72
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

24
148 51
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

25
73 10
Trace McSorley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
seddonjaxon added Trace McSorley

26
121 39
O. J. McDuffie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

27
132 47
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive lineman

28
115 39
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

29
112 30
Mike Reid is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Defensive tackle, Tackle

30
130 54
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

31
133 48
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

32
103 31
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added

33
110 41
D. J. Dozier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

34
114 41
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

35
113 42
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tight end

36
98 33
Bruce Clark is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

37
118 46
Michael Mauti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Michael Mauti Linebacker

38
87 27
Matt Suhey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
ScottBurket added Running back, Fullback

39
70 16
Matt Bahr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Placekicker

40
104 56
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

41
73 27
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tight end

42
71 27
Kenny Jackson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

43
75 31
Greg Buttle is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

44
36 5
Mike Gesicki is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Mike Gesicki Tight End

45
83 40
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

46
54 17
Chris Bahr is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Placekicker

47
78 41
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tackle

48
79 42
Devon Still is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Defensive tackle

49
74 33
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide receiver

50
67 33
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich