Penn State Football: Nittany Lions' All Time NFL Offensive Unit

J FCorrespondent INovember 1, 2011

Penn State Football: Nittany Lions' All Time NFL Offensive Unit

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    While the university doesn't annually produce top 10 draft picks, Penn State has sent its fair share of talent to the National Football League.

    Many players have starred at State College, but only a select few have had major success in the NFL; and most of those players have excelled on defense. 

    However, there have been some studs on the other side of the ball that qualify for the Nittany Lions' all time NFL offensive unit. Here is a tribute to them.

Quarterback: Kerry Collins

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    Kerry Collins is currently on the verge of retirement and there isn't a better time to look back at his accomplishments.

    He was an All-American quarterback in 1994 at Penn State, leading the team to an undefeated season and Rose Bowl victory in the same year.

    Collins has been in the NFL for over a decade and has played for six different teams. He's been selected to the Pro Bowl twice and even took the New York Giants to the Super Bowl back in 2000.

Running Back: Franco Harris

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    Franco Harris was a successful back at Penn State, but his greatest accomplishments took place in the NFL.

    He earned four Super Bowl rings as a vital part of the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense, and earned the league's MVP award once.

    Harris made nine consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl and is a Second-Team member of the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team.

Wide Receiver: Bobby Engram

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    Bobby Engram was declared college football's top receiver in 1994 as Kerry Collins' go to guy.

    He remains PSU's all-time leader in receiving yards and touchdowns; unfortunately his NFL accomplisments aren't nearly as impressive, eclipsing the thousand-yard mark just once.

    Engram did manage a long career in the league and his best seasons were the eight years he spent with the Seattle Seahawks.

Tight End: Ted Kwalick

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    Ted Kwalick was Penn State's first two-time All-American.

    He set school records for the tight end position before taking off to the big leagues, where he suited up for the San Francisco 49ers and, later, the Oakland Raiders.

    Kwalick was invited to three Pro Bowls in eight NFL seasons.

Tackle: Kareem McKenzie

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    Kareem McKenzie parted with Penn State in the 2001 draft, as the New York Jets were happy to land the big lineman with a third-round pick.

    He quickly developed into one of the league's top run-blockers, and after four seasons, he was signed by the New York Giants, going on to help the team win a Super Bowl.

    McKenzie is still with the Giants, but his career is winding down as injuries threaten to force him into retirement.

Guard: Steve Wisniewski

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    As a two-time All-American, Steve Wisniewski was a key contributor on PSU's 1986 national championship team. However, his success wouldn't stop there.

    He went on to play 13 seasons with the Raiders, earning eight Pro Bowl selections and a spot on the second-team of the 1990s All-Decade Team.

Center: Jeff Hartings

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    Jeff Hartings was a two-time All-American at right guard during his time at Penn State, but he switched over to center after joining the Steelers in 2001.

    Drafted No. 23 overall in the '96 draft, Hartings began his NFL career with the Lions and was selected to two Pro Bowls after signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers in '01.

Guard: Mike Munchak

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    Mike Munchak had a mostly mediocre career in Penn State due to a problematic knee, but he spent 12 seasons with the Houston Oilers after moving on to the NFL.

    Munchak was selected to nine Pro Bowls in those 12 years and also earned the prestigious honor as a second-team member of the 1980s All-Decade Team for his extraordinary play at left guard.

Tackle: Keith Dorney

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    Keith Dorney's 2005 induction into the College Football Hall of Fame says it all about his tenure at State College, and it was no surprise when he became the 10th overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft.

    His great NFL career ended after nine seasons with the Detroit Lions. He made one Pro Bowl and was Detroit's offensive captain from '83 to '87.