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

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Derrick Brooks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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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
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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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Jalen Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 6 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)

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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, Wide receiver
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Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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Fred Biletnikoff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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Jameis Winston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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Derwin James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Safety
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Peter Boulware is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
toncagaming added Peter Boulware 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

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Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Sebastian Janikowski Placekicker
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Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
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Terrell Buckley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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Xavier Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Xavier Rhodes Cornerback
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LeRoy Butler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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Walter Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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Chris Weinke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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Telvin Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
GlennPfeffer added Telvin Smith Linebacker
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Ron Simmons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
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Lamarcus Joyner is listed (or ranked) 23 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.

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Andre Wadsworth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end
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Timmy Jernigan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Marcus Page added

ESPN.com All-America First Team
FWAA All-America Second Team
Associated Press All-America Second Team
USA TODAY Sports All-America Second Team
CBSSports.com All-America Second Team
SI.com All-America Second Team
Lindy’s All-America Third Team
Coaches All-ACC First Team
All-ACC Second Team