College Sports 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
813 91
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
474 124
Derrick Brooks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

3
444 116
Warrick Dunn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Running back

4
513 141
Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Josh Lambert added Dalvin Cook

5
466 132
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

6
374 90
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

7
241 39
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
toncagaming added Wide receiver

8
197 22
Jalen Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 8 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)

9
337 87
Fred Biletnikoff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

10
609 217
Jameis Winston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

11
338 109
Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Placekicker

12
243 74
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

13
134 19
Derwin James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Marcus Page added Derwin James Safety

14
200 60
Terrell Buckley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

15
174 52
LeRoy Butler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

16
137 25
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
178 56
Walter Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Tackle

18
79 9
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added

19
68 7
Xavier Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Cornerback

20
176 72
Ron Simmons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

21
207 98
Chris Weinke is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

22
82 14
Telvin Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
GlennPfeffer added Linebacker

23
118 55
Andre Wadsworth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

24
158 76
Rashad Greene is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

25
59 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.