Where to start? Paul Posluszny is everything that a coach could ask for in a linebacker—and and then some.
Posluszny wore the No. 31 in honor of former Penn State linebacker Shane Conlan, but he quickly made a name for himself, and is now recognized as one of the best Nittany Lion players of all time.
A three-year starter at outside linebacker, and two-time captain, Posluszny led the Nittany Lion defense to its best years under Tom Bradley. He was instrumental in the development of future stars Dan Connor and Sean Lee, and did plenty to help his own cause in the process.
His breakout junior season earned him the Chuck Bednarik and Dick Butkus Awards as the College Defensive Player and Linebacker of the Year, respectively, joining Lavar Arrington as the second Nittany Lion to ever accomplish this feat.
Despite a serious knee injury suffered in the 2006 Orange Bowl, Posluszny returned to again win the Bednarik following his senior season, becoming only the second player—the other was Pat Fitzgerald—to win the award twice.
A class act on and off the field, “Poz” left Penn State as the career leader in tackles.
Any debate as to who is the face of Linebacker U was settled by legendary former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Jack Ham.
"I truly believe," Ham said of Posluszny, "he's the best linebacker ever to play at Penn State."