UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A total of 34 Penn State football alumni are populating the rosters of 21 National Football League teams. The Nittany Lions are perennially a top-20 program in producing players in the NFL.
Week 13 of the NFL season featured an overtime-thriller with recent Penn State stars playing key roles, as Saquon Barkley and Grant Haley of the Giants faced-off against Allen Robinson II and Adrian Amos of the Bears. Barkley turned in yet another 100-yard performance, while Haley made a career-high eight tackles. Robinson caught five passes for 79 yards and Amos was able to stop Barkley on multiple occasions, but the Giants prevailed. Veteran linebacker Nate Stupar also contributed for the Giants on special teams.
Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin and Cardinals linebacker Gerald Hodges were standouts, as well. Godwin posted his second 100-plus yard receiving game of the season and scored a touchdown, while Hodges led the Cardinals in tackles for a second consecutive week.
Additionally, Marcus Allen became the ninth Nittany Lion to make his NFL debut this season.
Marcus Allen (2014-17) S, Pittsburgh Steelers Chargers 33, Steelers 30 Allen made his NFL debut and assisted on one tackle. He saw action on defense and special teams.
Adrian Amos (2011-14) FS, Chicago Bears Giants 30, Bears 27 Amos made four tackles, include a tackle for loss, and a pass breakup.
Troy Apke (2014-17) S, Washington Redskins Eagles 28, Redskins 13 Apke is on injured reserve.
Saquon Barkley (2015-17) RB, New York Giants Giants 30, Bears 27 Barkley rushed for 125 yards on 24 attempts and caught three passes for 21 yards in an overtime win over the Bears, marking the 11th time in 12 games that he has exceeded 100 yards from scrimmage. His longest run of the game was a 29-yard rush on the first play of overtime, which helped setup the game-winning field goal.
According to Giants.com, Barkley broke the team’s rookie record for rushing yards with 954 on the season, topping the previous record of 830 set 82 years ago by Hall of Famer Tuffy Leemans in 1936. Barkley ranks third in the NFL with 1,556 yards from scrimmage behind the Rams’ Todd Gurley (1,649) and the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliot (1,573).
Brandon Bell (2013-16) LB, Cincinnati Bengals Broncos 24, Bengals 10 Bell was inactive.
Saeed Blacknall (2014-17) WR, Oakland Raiders Chiefs 40, Raiders 33 Blacknall is on the Raiders practice squad.
Jason Cabinda (2014-17) LB, Oakland Raiders Chiefs 40, Raiders 33 Cabinda saw action on defense and special teams.
Curtis Cothran (2013-17) DT, Minnesota Vikings Patriots 24, Vikings 10 Cothran is on the Vikings practice squad.
Jack Crawford (2008-11) DL, Atlanta Falcons Ravens 26, Falcons 16 Crawford started at defensive tackle and made three tackles.
Mike Gesicki (2014-17) TE, Miami Dolphins Dolphins 21, Bills 17 Gesicki was held without a catch but drew a crucial pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter to help the Dolphins fend off the Bills on the road.
Garry Gilliam (2010-12) OL, San Francisco 49ers Seahawks 43, 49ers 16 Gilliam saw action on special teams.
Chris Godwin (2014-16) WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers 24, Panthers 17 Godwin started for the first time this season and third time in his career. He caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in a win over the Panthers. It was his second 100-yard game of the season.
Malik Golden (2012-16) S, Pittsburgh Steelers Chargers 33, Steelers 30 Golden is on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Robbie Gould (2001-04) K, San Francisco 49ers Seahawks 43, 49ers 16 Gould converted a 45-yard field goal and an extra point.
Grant Haley (2014-17) CB, New York Giants Giants 30, Bears 27 Haley made his fifth consecutive start and made a career-high eight tackles, all solo, with two behind the line. One of his negative yardage stops came in overtime.
DaeSean Hamilton (2014-17) WR, Denver Broncos Broncos 24, Bengals 10 Hamilton started and was on the field for 80 percent of the Broncos’ offensive snaps, but was not targeted.
Gerald Hodges (2009-12) LB, Arizona Cardinals Cardinals 20, Packers 17 Hodges started at middle linebacker and led the Cardinals with a career high-tying 13 tackles, including 12 solo stops, in a win over the Packers. It was his second-straight game leading the Cardinals in tackles.
Chris Hogan (men’s lacrosse – 2007-10) WR, New England Patriots Patriots 24, Vikings 10 Hogan made two receptions for 20 yards.
Mike Hull (2011-14) LB, Miami Dolphins Dolphins 21, Bills 17 Hull saw extensive action on special teams.
Jesse James (2012-14) TE, Pittsburgh Steelers Chargers 33, Steelers 30 James started at tight end for the sixth time this season and caught one pass for 7 yards.
DaQuan Jones (2010-13) DE, Tennessee Titans Titans 26, Jets 22 Jones started and made three tackles.
Austin Johnson (2012-15) DL, Tennessee Titans Titans 26, Jets 22 Johnson made one tackle in limited action on defense and special teams.
Sean Lee (2005-07, 2009) MLB, Dallas Cowboys Cowboys 13, Saints 10 Lee was not active with a hamstring injury.
Jordan Lucas (2012-15) CB, Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs 40, Raiders 33 Lucas saw action on special teams.
Brendan Mahon (2013-17) OL, Carolina Panthers Buccaneers 24, Panthers 17 Mahon was inactive.
Carl Nassib (2011-15) DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers 24, Panthers 17 Nassib started for the Buccaneers at defensive end for the sixth time in seven weeks and pressured Panthers quarterback Cam Newton with a pair of hits.
Allen Robinson (2011-13) WR, Chicago Bears Giants 30, Bears 27 Robinson caught five passes for 79 yards in an overtime loss to the Giants. He converted a fourth-and-7 with a 10-yard reception in overtime, but the Bears were unable to get another first down.
A.Q. Shipley (2005-08) C, Arizona Cardinals Cardinals 20, Packers 17 Shipley is on injured reserve with an ACL injury and out for the season.
Garrett Sickels (2013-16) LB, Los Angeles Rams Rams 30, Lions 16 Sickels is on injured reserve.
Donovan Smith (2012-13) T, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cardinals 20, Packers 17 Smith started at left tackle for the Buccaneers and has started all 60 games of his career.
Nate Stupar (2008-11) LB, New York Giants Giants 30, Bears 27 Stupar saw extensive action on special teams and recorded one tackle.
Ross Travis (men’s basketball – 2011-14) TE, Indianapolis Colts Jaguars 6, Colts 0 Travis is on the injured reserve with an ACL injury.
Cameron Wake (2000, 02-04) DE, Miami Dolphins Dolphins 21, Bills 17 Wake started and made a pair of tackles, including one for loss.
Trevor Williams (2012-15) CB, Los Angeles Chargers Chargers 33, Steelers 30 Williams returned to action after missing three games due to injury, but was limited to one snap on defense and 10 on special teams.
Stefen Wisniewski (2007-10) G/C, Philadelphia Eagles Eagles 28, Redskins 13 Wisniewski saw limited action at guard and on special teams.
Anthony Zettel (2012-15) DL, Cleveland Browns Texans 29, Browns 13 Zettel made a pair of tackles in limited action.