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The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

Updated May 22, 2020 27.0k votes 2.9k voters 54.6k views94 items

List RulesUpvote the best Penn State football players based ONLY on their time at Penn State.

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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  • Jack Ham1
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    Jack Ham

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceJohnstown, Pennsylvania

    Age67

    TeamsPenn State Nittany Lions football

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  • Franco Harris2

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  • Saquon Barkley3
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    Saquon Barkley

    Running back

    TeamsNew York Giants

  • John Cappelletti4
    530
    151

    John Cappelletti

    Running back

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Age68

    TeamsLos Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers

  • Paul Posluszny5
    662
    202

    Paul Posluszny

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceButler, Pennsylvania

    Age31

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Penn State Nittany Lions football

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  • LaVar Arrington6
  • Lenny Moore7
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    68

    Lenny Moore

    Running back, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceReading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age82

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  • Sean Lee8
    705
    216

    Sean Lee

    Linebacker

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Age34

    TeamsPenn State Nittany Lions football, Dallas Cowboys

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  • Curt Warner9
    571
    169

    Curt Warner

    Running back

    BirthplaceWyoming, West Virginia

    Age59

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, St. Louis Rams

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  • Allen Robinson10
    556
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    Allen Robinson

    Wide Receiver

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    TeamsChicago Bears

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  • Ki-Jana Carter11
    509
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    Ki-Jana Carter

    Running back

    BirthplaceWesterville, Ohio, United States of America

    Age47

  • Lydell Mitchell12
    307
    62

    Lydell Mitchell

    Running back

    BirthplaceSalem, New Jersey

    Age71

  • Shane Conlan13
    386
    97

    Shane Conlan

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceFrewsburg, New York

    Age56

  • Kerry Collins14
    477
    144

    Kerry Collins

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceLebanon, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age43

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

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    92

    Trace McSorley

  • Larry Johnson16
    525
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    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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  • Mike Munchak17
    314
    75

    Mike Munchak

    Left Guard

    BirthplaceScranton, Pennsylvania

    Age60

    TeamsHouston Oilers, Penn State Nittany Lions football

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  • Tamba Hali18
    493
    154

    Tamba Hali

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceGbarnga, Liberia

    Age36

    TeamsPenn State Nittany Lions football, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Steve Wisniewski19
    338
    89

    Steve Wisniewski

    Offensive Lineman, Guard

    BirthplaceRutland City, Vermont

    Age48

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  • NaVorro Bowman20
    501
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    NaVorro Bowman

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceDistrict Heights, Maryland

    Age32

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

  • Matt Millen21
    350
    106

    Matt Millen

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceHokendauqua, Pennsylvania

    Age57

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

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  • Blair Thomas22
    238
    64

    Blair Thomas

    Running back

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Age52

  • Cameron Wake23
    374
    122

    Cameron Wake

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceBeltsville, Maryland

    Age33

    TeamsTennessee Titans

  • Todd Blackledge24
    280
    86

    Todd Blackledge

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    Age59

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