Penn State is often referred to as "Linebacker-U" and for good reason. Over the past few decades the university has sent top-tier linebackers to the next level and many of them have become NFL stars.
Currently, former Penn State linebackers playing in the NFL combine to make a whopping $43,518,361 in average yearly salary. That includes one player — NaVorro Bowman — who brings in more than $10 million a year.
Here's a look at the former Penn State backers who are currently on NFL rosters: (Salary info courtesy OverTheCap)
|Player||Average Yearly Salary||NFL Team|
|NaVorro Bowman||$10,500,000||San Francisco|
|Tamba Hali||$7,000,000||Kansas City|
|Nathan Stupar||$1,666,667||New Orleans|
It's important to note that while Cameron Wake is considered a defensive end in the NFL, he was indeed a linebacker for Penn State.
If you take the five highest paid former Penn State linebackers — Bowman, Wake, Hali, Lee and Posluszny — they combine to bring in $38,625,000 per year in average yearly salary, an average of $7,725,000 each.
Take note, high school linebackers. Penn State could be the place you want to go to take your game to the next level.