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The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

Updated May 22, 2020 27.6k votes 2.8k voters 53.5k views94 items

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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. Then head over and check out the best Penn State wide receivers ever.

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  • 1
    Jack Ham
    837
    248

    Jack Ham

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceJohnstown, Pennsylvania

    Age71

    TeamsPenn State Nittany Lions football

  • 2
    Curt Warner
    592
    161

    Curt Warner

    Running back

    BirthplaceWyoming, West Virginia

    Age59

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams

  • 3
    Saquon Barkley
    1,293
    257

    Saquon Barkley

    Running back

    TeamsNew York Giants

  • 4
    Franco Harris

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  • 5
    Sean Lee
    739
    220

    Sean Lee

    Linebacker

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Age34

    TeamsPenn State Nittany Lions football, Dallas Cowboys

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  • 6
    Paul Posluszny
    693
    211

    Paul Posluszny

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceButler, Pennsylvania

    Age35

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Penn State Nittany Lions football

  • 7
    LaVar Arrington
  • 8
    Lenny Moore
    357
    70

    Lenny Moore

    Running back, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age86

  • 9
    John Cappelletti
    546
    157

    John Cappelletti

    Running back

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Age68

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers

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  • 10
    Ki-Jana Carter
    529
    153

    Ki-Jana Carter

    Running back

    BirthplaceWesterville, Ohio, United States of America

    Age47

  • 11
    Allen Robinson
    575
    159

    Allen Robinson

    Wide Receiver

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Age27

    TeamsChicago Bears

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  • 12
    Lydell Mitchell
    315
    63

    Lydell Mitchell

    Running back

    BirthplaceSalem, New Jersey

    Age71

  • 13
    Kerry Collins
    499
    148

    Kerry Collins

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceLebanon, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age47

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Penn State Nittany Lions football, Carolina Panthers

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  • 14
    Shane Conlan
    394
    100

    Shane Conlan

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceFrewsburg, New York

    Age56

  • 15
    393
    90

    Trace McSorley

  • 16
    Larry Johnson
    544
    166

    Larry Johnson

    Running back

    BirthplacePomfret, Maryland, Maryland, United States of America

    Age40

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals, Penn State Nittany Lions football, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • 17
    Mike Munchak
    320
    75

    Mike Munchak

    Left Guard

    BirthplaceScranton, Pennsylvania

    Age60

    TeamsHouston Oilers, Penn State Nittany Lions football

  • 18
    Tamba Hali
    517
    161

    Tamba Hali

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceGbarnga, Liberia

    Age36

    TeamsPenn State Nittany Lions football, Kansas City Chiefs

  • 19
    NaVorro Bowman
    526
    168

    NaVorro Bowman

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceDistrict Heights, Maryland

    Age32

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

  • 20
    Steve Wisniewski
    346
    90

    Steve Wisniewski

    Offensive Lineman, Guard

    BirthplaceRutland City, Vermont

    Age53

  • 21
    Matt Millen
    356
    108

    Matt Millen

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceHokendauqua, Pennsylvania

    Age62

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Penn State Nittany Lions football, San Francisco 49ers

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  • 22
    Blair Thomas
    239
    64

    Blair Thomas

    Running back

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Age52

  • 23
    Cameron Wake
    384
    126

    Cameron Wake

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceBeltsville, Maryland

    Age33

    TeamsTennessee Titans

  • 24
    Todd Blackledge
    286
    89

    Todd Blackledge

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    Age59

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  • 25
    Rosey Grier