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The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time 

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Updated July 13, 2020 19.3k votes 2.5k voters 37.3k views 82 items

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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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback and Punt returner from Fort Myers, Florida, United States of America

Age: 48

Teams: Florida State Seminoles baseball, Washington Redskins, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, + more

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

Age: 42

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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Warrick Dunn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Running back from Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Age: 44

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Florida State Seminoles football

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Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Josh Lambert added Dalvin Cook
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Jameis Winston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Return specialist and Wide receiver from Bradenton, Florida

Age: 38

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals

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Fred Biletnikoff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Erie, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 76

Teams: Oakland Raiders

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Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Sebastian Janikowski Placekicker from WaƂbrzych, Poland

Age: 37

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Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker from Miami, Florida

Age: 46

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Terrell Buckley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Terrell Buckley Cornerback from Pascagoula, Mississippi

Age: 44

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Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
toncagaming added Wide receiver from Pahokee, Florida

Age: 35

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Florida State Seminoles football, San Francisco 49ers

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LeRoy Butler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
LeRoy Butler Cornerback and Safety from Jacksonville, Florida

Age: 47

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Florida State Seminoles football

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Chris Weinke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Chris Weinke

Age: 43

Teams: Florida State Seminoles football, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers

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Walter Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Walter Jones Tackle from Aliceville, Alabama

Age: 41

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

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Ron Simmons is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle and Tackle from Perry, Georgia, United States of America

Age: 60

Teams: Ottawa Rough Riders, Tampa Bay Bandits, Florida State Seminoles football, Cleveland Browns

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Andre Wadsworth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end from Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States Virgin Islands

Age: 41

18
Rashad Greene is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

Teams: Florida State Seminoles football

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Jalen Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Marcus Page added Jalen Ramsey

Age: 23

Teams: FSU, Jacksonville Jaguars

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)

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Eddie Goldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle from Washington, D.C.

Age: 21

Teams: Florida State Seminoles football

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Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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Derwin James is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added

Age: 21

Teams: FSU, Los Angelas Chargers

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Corey Simon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle and Tackle from Boynton Beach, Florida

Age: 41

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Peter Boulware is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
toncagaming added Peter Boulware Linebacker from Columbia, South Carolina

Age: 41

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

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Greg Allen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Running back from Florida

Age: 52