NCAA The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best Seminoles football players ever. Vote based on each player's career at FSU only.

When you think of the pantheon of iconic college football programs, the Florida State Seminoles. The school is widely known for dominating college football for a span beginning in the late 1980s through the early 2000s. Behind legendary coach Bobby Bowden, the Noles maintained a home in the top-5 of the polls. Despite falling off at the end of Bowden's reign, this era produced some of the greatest players in Florida State history. The school became a de-factor feeding factory for the NFL, with a slew of first round draft picks and a number of other players who became fixtures in the pros.

The Seminoles have won three national championships, seventeen conference titles, and five division titles. The program has also produced three Heisman Trophy winners, and one NEON DEION. Sanders inspired the Tomahawk Chop, one of the most popular cheers that's associated with a particular school. On top of Deion, quarterbacks Charlie Ward, Chris Weinke and recently, Jameis Winston, are all in an elite group of Heisman Trophy winners who also took a national title back to Tallahassee. 

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1
786 87
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

2
460 120
Derrick Brooks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

3
432 112
Warrick Dunn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Running back

4
454 126
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

5
497 137
Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Josh Lambert added Dalvin Cook

6
364 87
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

7
233 36
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
toncagaming added Wide receiver

8
330 83
Fred Biletnikoff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

9
598 207
Jameis Winston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

10
178 22
Jalen Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Marcus Page added Jalen Ramsey

All-America Candidate

Jim Thorpe Award Candidate

Bronko Nagurski Trophy Candidate

All-ACC First Team (Media & Coaches)

Consensus All-American

AFCA First Team All-American

Walter Camp First Team All-American

ESPN.com First Team All-American

Second Team All-American (AP, FWAA, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, SI.com, USA Today Sports)

11
329 107
Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Placekicker

12
239 73
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

13
198 58
Terrell Buckley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

14
173 52
LeRoy Butler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

15
122 19
Derwin James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Marcus Page added Derwin James Safety

16
132 23
Peter Boulware is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
toncagaming added Linebacker

consensus All-American, National Defensive Player of the Year, All-ACC and smashing Ron Simmons 1977 record of 12 sacks in a season with an astonishing 19 sacks

17
172 56
Walter Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Tackle

18
73 8
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added

19
205 96
Chris Weinke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

20
174 71
Ron Simmons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

21
79 13
Telvin Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
GlennPfeffer added Linebacker

22
58 7
Xavier Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Cornerback

23
157 74
Rashad Greene is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

24
116 54
Andre Wadsworth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

25
56 13
Lamarcus Joyner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
GlennPfeffer added Safety

Combined with Telvin Smith and Tim Jernigan as driving force behind nation's best defense in 2013.  Remarkably ferocious tacker for 5' 8" player, and a turnover-generating machine.