Top 10 Penn State Football Players of All Time

Top 10 Penn State Players of All Time!
USA - CIRCA 1970s: Joe Paterno of Penn State University looks on circa 1970s. (Photo by Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)

10) John Cappelletti 

Cappelletti rushed for 1,522 yards and 17 scores that season en route to winning the Heisman and Maxwell trophies and being named national player of the year. The story of John and his brother Joey was so great that they made a movie about the two.

9) LaVar Arrington

Arrington was a two-time All-American who won the Butkus and Bednarik awards as the nation’s top linebacker and defensive player. Arrington had a flair for the dramatic and was a dominating defensive player.

8) Dave Robinson

Robinson was a defensive end who caught 17 passes for 178 yards to All-America honors in 1962. That’s right, a defensive end that also excelled at wide receiver!

7) Lenny Moore

Believe it or not, Lenny Moore was never named as a first-team all-American, but he was twice named to the second team. Moore was blazing fast and maybe the greatest open-field runner that the Nittany Lions ever had.

6) Ki Jana Carter

In 1994 Carter ranked No. 4 in the nation in rushing that season with 1,539 yards while scoring 23 touchdowns and averaging an incredible 7.8 yards per carry. Carter is Penn State’s all-time leader in career rushing average (7.2 ypc) and ranks third with 34 rushing scores. An injury derailed his NFL career, but Carter was a special talent.

5) Curt Warner

Warner topped 900 yards on three occasions and finished his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns, including 1,041 yards and 13 total scores for the 1982 national championship team.

4) Shane Conlan

Conlan was not recruited heavily out of High School, but damn he was good. In 1986 he was the leader of the Penn State defense. They stymied and upset the number one ranked Miami Hurricanes in the Fiesta Bowl to win the National Championship. Conlan played his greatest game that night, intercepting Vinny Testaverde twice, the last set up the game-winning score.

3) Lydell Mitchell

In 1971 Mitchell rushed for a then-school record of 1,567 yards that season and set NCAA records with 26 rushing touchdowns and 29 total scores.

2) Saquon Barkley

Barkley finished his career as Penn State’s all-time rushing touchdown (43) and total touchdown (53) record holder, surpassing Lydell Mitchell’s records. Barkley became only 1-of-2 Nittany Lions to reach the 5,000 all-purpose yard mark and the ninth player in school history to eclipse the 4,000 all-purpose yard mark…Set the school record with a touchdown scored in 15-straight games.

1) Jack Ham

Jack Ham is the greatest outside linebacker not named Lawrence Taylor that I have ever seen. Ham is the only player in Penn State history to be inducted into both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. He was an All-American as a senior captain in 1970 when he recorded 91 tackles and four interceptions. Ham was also a great special teams player and had 3 blocked punts in 1970.

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