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
833 94
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
484 127
Derrick Brooks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
3
455 118
Warrick Dunn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Running back
4
385 93
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver
5
474 136
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
6
524 147
Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Josh Lambert added Dalvin Cook
7
250 42
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
toncagaming added Wide receiver
8
211 25
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
341 89
Fred Biletnikoff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
10
620 220
Jameis Winston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
11
343 111
Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Placekicker
12
248 74
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
13
141 20
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
209 62
Terrell Buckley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback
15
178 53
LeRoy Butler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety
16
143 26
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
180 57
Walter Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Tackle
18
87 10
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added
19
74 8
Xavier Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Cornerback
20
213 100
Chris Weinke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
21
179 73
Ron Simmons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle
22
88 15
Telvin Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
GlennPfeffer added Linebacker
23
120 56
Andre Wadsworth is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end
24
159 77
Rashad Greene is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
25
61 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.