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The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time 

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Updated October 16, 2019 18.6k votes 2.4k voters 35.7k views 81 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

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

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

Age: 40

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
Quarterback from Hueytown

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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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

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

Age: 72

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

Age: 37

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

Age: 43

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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

Age: 44

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Chris Weinke is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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

Age: 47

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Florida State Seminoles football

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Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
toncagaming added Wide receiver from Pahokee

Age: 35

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

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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

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

Age: 57

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

Age: 41

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

Age: 23

Teams: Atlanta Falcons

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Rashad Greene is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

Teams: Florida State Seminoles football

20
Xavier Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Xavier Rhodes Cornerback from Miami

Age: 25

Teams: Florida State Seminoles football, Minnesota Vikings

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Jalen Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Corey Simon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle and Tackle from Boynton Beach

Age: 38

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Eddie Goldman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle from Washington

Age: 21

Teams: Florida State Seminoles football

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Derwin James is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time