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Jack Ham

1967 – 1970

The Man

Ferocious, quick, and brilliant. Quite simply, Johnstown, PA native Jack Ham makes a strong case as the best outside linebacker ever to play the position. A founding father of Linebacker U. He combined exceptional intelligence, speed and work ethic into a style in which he made few mistakes and caused many.

The Math

Senior year: 91 tackles, 4 interceptions and 3 blocked punts.

The Legend

Starter on Penn State’s undefeated 1968-9 teams. Only Penn State player to be inducted into both the college and professional halls of fame, and a member of the “Mount Rushmore of Penn State Football”.

Life After State

Ham was selected by the Steelers in the 1971 draft, and quickly became a cornerstone of the greatest defense of all time, winning 4 Super Bowl titles. As a Steeler, Ham had 32 interceptions, 21 fumble recoveries, 25.5 sacks, 8 Pro Bowls, 7 All-AFC/All-Pro seasons.



The Vitals

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 225 lbs.

Date of Birth: December 23, 1948

Hometown: Johnstown, PA