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The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

Updated July 13, 2020 22.6k votes 2.7k voters 40.9k views81 items

List RulesVote 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

    Cornerback, Punt returner

    BirthplaceFort Myers, Florida, United States of America

    Age53

    TeamsFlorida State Seminoles baseball, Washington Redskins, San Francisco Giants, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons

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  • 2
    817
    200

    Derrick Brooks

    Linebacker

    BirthplacePensacola, Florida

    Age47

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers

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    780
    187

    Warrick Dunn

    Running back

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Age45

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Florida State Seminoles football

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    160

    Peter Warrick

    Return specialist, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceBradenton, Florida

    Age43

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals

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    Dalvin Cook

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    136

    Fred Biletnikoff

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceErie, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age77

    TeamsOakland Raiders

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    411
    105

    Marvin Jones

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age48

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    515
    108

    Anquan Boldin

    Wide receiver

    BirthplacePahokee, Florida

    Age39

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Florida State Seminoles football, San Francisco 49ers

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    Sebastian Janikowski

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceWałbrzych, Poland

    Age37

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    Jameis Winston

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceHueytown, Alabama

    Age26

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints

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    94

    Terrell Buckley

    Cornerback

    BirthplacePascagoula, Mississippi

    Age49

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    78

    LeRoy Butler

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Age52

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers, Florida State Seminoles football

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    81

    Walter Jones

    Tackle

    BirthplaceAliceville, Alabama

    Age46

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

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    105

    Ron Simmons

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplacePerry, Georgia, United States of America

    Age62

    TeamsOttawa Rough Riders, Tampa Bay Bandits, Florida State Seminoles football, Cleveland Browns

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    Chris Weinke

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    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)

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    69

    Age21

    TeamsFSU, Los Angelas Chargers

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    Peter Boulware

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceColumbia, South Carolina

    Age45

    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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    #1105 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#126 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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    Andre Wadsworth

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceSaint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, United States Virgin Islands

    Age45

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    Xavier Rhodes

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age30

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts

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    Devonta Freeman

    Running back

    BirthplaceBaxley, Georgia

    Age28

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons

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    Eddie Goldman

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Age26

    TeamsFlorida State Seminoles football

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    Corey Simon

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceBoynton Beach, Florida

    Age43