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
481 111
Saquon Barkley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
AidanBitterman added Saquon Barkley

2
490 162
Franco Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

3
462 150
Jack Ham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

4
406 122
Sean Lee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker

5
415 131
Paul Posluszny is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

6
463 149
LaVar Arrington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

7
331 96
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Linebacker

8
317 91
Tamba Hali is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

9
304 90
Curt Warner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

10
319 95
Larry Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

11
278 77
Ki-Jana Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

12
311 94
John Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

13
265 80
Kerry Collins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

14
299 90
Allen Robinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide Receiver

15
217 66
Shane Conlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

16
186 53
Steve Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard

17
202 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 51
Bobby Engram is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

19
155 45
Mike Munchak is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Left Guard

20
165 47
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 41
Lydell Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

22
186 71
Michael Robinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

23
184 71
Matt Millen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

24
148 50
Todd Blackledge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

25
72 9
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 38
O. J. McDuffie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

27
132 46
Courtney Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive lineman

28
115 38
Blair Thomas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

29
111 29
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
133 47
Dan Connor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

31
130 53
Curtis Enis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

32
103 30
Rosey Grier is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added

33
109 40
D. J. Dozier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

34
114 40
Stefen Wisniewski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time

35
112 41
Kyle Brady is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tight end

36
118 45
Michael Mauti is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Michael Mauti Linebacker

37
97 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
87 26
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
69 15
Matt Bahr is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Placekicker

40
36 4
Mike Gesicki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Mike Gesicki Tight End

41
104 55
Evan Royster is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Running back

42
73 26
Ted Kwalick is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tight end

43
71 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
54 16
Chris Bahr is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
slaft added Placekicker

46
83 39
Jared Odrick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

47
78 40
Levi Brown is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Tackle

48
79 41
Devon Still is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Defensive tackle

49
67 32
Michael Zordich is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
Michael Zordich

50
73 32
Derrick Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Penn State Football Players of All Time
muzziac added Wide receiver