From Happy Valley to the NFL

Take a look at these former Penn State players now making their moves in the NFL.

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Check out these NFL players who once roared for Joe Paterno as Penn State Nittany Lions.
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All-pro Kerry Collins has had a resurgence this season leading the undefeated Tennessee Titans. He was named an All-American in 1994 by the Associated Press while playing for Penn State. Collins broke Penn State season records for total offense, completions, passing yardage and more.
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Michigan native John Gilmore was drafted out of Penn State by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Gilmore currently plays as a tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft.
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Playing quarterback and running back for Penn State, Michael Robinson lead the team to a Big Ten Conference title in 2005 winning the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. He was a fourth round draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2006 NFL Draft, where he was converted to the running back position.
Cornerback Justin King began as a freshman at Penn State in 2005 and was starting by the next season. He declared himself eligible for the 2008 Draft as a junior -- drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round.
Bears kicker Robbie Gould tried out for the Penn State football team as freshman walk-on and has played for the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens. Gould was also selected the 2007 NFC Pro Bowl kicker.
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Joe Jurevicius was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft. At Penn State he finished his collegiate career with 94 receptions for 1,894 yards and 15 touchdowns.
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Hailed 49ers wired receiver Bryant Johnson was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2003 NFL Draft. Bryant was a starter his final two seasons at Penn State, and he was the sixth player in PSU history to catch more than 100 career passes.
Kenny Watson was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2001 and now is a running back for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played tailback, wide receiver and kick returner as a Nittany Lion and he holds three Penn State records.
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Chicago Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams had his humble beginning as a Nittany Lion nicknamed "Spice" by his teammates. Before he was drafted in 2003, Adams was a Penn State hotshot with 6.5 sacks, 166 tackles, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries overall.
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Denver Broncos defensive back Calvin Lowry joined the Broncos after two years with the Tennessee Titans who picked him in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Lowry was a first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection as a senior at Penn State.
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Bryan Scott started for three years at Penn State, where he played in all 48 games. Scott signed with the Buffalo Bills on September 12, 2007 where he currently plays safety.
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Tamba Hali is a defensive end for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was the 20th overall pick out of Penn State in the 2006 NFL Draft and ranked as the number two defensive end behind Mario Williams.
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Defensive back David Macklin was a three-year starter at Penn State. He was selected to the All-Big Ten team as a junior in 1998. Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft he has played for the Cards, Redskins and Rams. Macklin is currently playing defensive back for the Kansas City Chiefs.
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Kansas City Chiefs running back and former fantasy football darling, Larry Johnson, made a name for himself at Penn State. Known as LJ, he followed his father Larry Johnson Sr. to Penn State where the elder Johnson is a defensive coach. LJ received multiple awards and accolades at Penn State including the Penn State record for rushing yards in a game in 2002.
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Offensive tackle Levi Brown started all 12 games as a redshirt freshman in 2003. Brown was named a Sports Illustrated second-team All-American as a junior in 2005. Brown was a first round pick of the Arizona in the 2007 NFL Draft and is already an and is now an pro bowler for the Cardinals.
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Former Nittany Lion Jimmy Kennedy was a four-year starter at Penn State and was named the 2002 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. Kennedy was twice named a first-team All-Big Ten selection. He is now a defensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Jay Alford showed steady improvement during his Nittany Lion years as he was named most improved defense player each season in Happy Valley. Alford was a four-year starter and an All-Big Ten selection as a junior and senior at Penn State before being drafted in 2007. Alford currently plays defensive tackle for the New York Giants.
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Two-time All-American Dan Connor plays linebacker for the Carolina Panthers. The 2007 recipient of the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to best collegiate defensive player, Connor was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
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Offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie played only two years of high school football at Willingboro High School in N.J. before his transition to Penn State. He was drafted by the New York Jets 79th overall in the 2001 Draft. He now plays for the other team in the Meadowlands -- the New York Giants.
Bobby Engram was the go-to receiver on Penn State's undefeated 1994 team and is currently a wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. Engram set the Seahawks' single-season record for pass receptions in 2007 on his way to career highs with 94 receptions and 1,147 receiving yards.
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Sean McHugh is currently a tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a full back during his junior and senior seasons at Penn State, McHugh ran 82 times for 322 yards and 6 touchdowns during his four years as a Nittany Lion. McHugh signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 3, 2008.
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Linebacker Paul Posluszny, affectionately known as "Poz," is a tackling machine for the Buffalo Bills. He spent three years as a Nittany Lion before he was drafted by the Bills in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
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Tony Stewart is a tight end for the Oakland Raiders. Stewart was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 5th round of the 2001 NFL Draft after becoming the first Penn State tight end since 1979 to lead the Nittany Lions in receiving (38 rec., 451 yards and 2 TDs).
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