NO. 8 ED O'NEIL (1971-73)
O'Neil enjoyed a great career during a heyday for Penn State linebackers. After starting at safety in 1971 (along with John Cappelletti), he moved to linebacker for his junior season ('72) and promptly led the team with 126 tackles. While he did not post such gaudy numbers as a senior, his knack for making clutch plays for a team that went 12-0 allowed him to capture All-America honors. O'Neil was the first Joe Paterno linebacker to be drafted in the first round, going to Detroit in 1974. He played six-plus seasons with the Lions before moving on to Green Bay in 1980 and ending his career.
NO. 9 SCOTT RADECIC (1980-83)
A second-team All-American and Academic All-American as a junior in 1982, Radecic was considered the brains of a defense that was overshadowed by a powerhouse offense that received most of the credit for bringing home State's first national title. He led the team in tackles (72) and tied for the team lead in interceptions (four) that year. He returned one of those picks 85 yards for a touchdown to break open a tight game with West Virginia. He was a co-captain in 1983 when Penn State started 0-3 but rallied to finish 8-4-1. He had 21 tackles in his final regular season game (a tie at Pitt). A second-round draft pick by Kansas City in 1984, Radecic enjoyed a 13-year NFL career (with K.C., Buffalo and Indianapolis).