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
874 96
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
481 126
Warrick Dunn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Running back
3
506 138
Derrick Brooks is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
4
503 142
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
5
411 100
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver
6
548 153
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
238 33
Jalen Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 7 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)

8
354 95
Fred Biletnikoff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
9
648 227
Jameis Winston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
10
260 51
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
toncagaming added Wide receiver
11
358 115
Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Placekicker
12
258 80
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
13
162 26
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
219 67
Terrell Buckley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback
15
185 57
LeRoy Butler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety
16
152 29
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
189 59
Walter Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Tackle
18
90 9
Xavier Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Cornerback
19
100 13
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added
20
225 104
Chris Weinke is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
21
188 77
Ron Simmons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle
22
95 19
Telvin Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
GlennPfeffer added Linebacker
23
169 80
Rashad Greene is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
24
123 62
Andre Wadsworth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end
25
70 16
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.