NCAA 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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701 80
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
412 113
Derrick Brooks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

3
407 116
Charlie Ward is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

4
387 103
Warrick Dunn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Running back

5
447 126
Dalvin Cook is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Josh Lambert added Dalvin Cook

6
324 80
Peter Warrick is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

7
190 26
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
1512368937175 added Wide receiver

8
537 188
Jameis Winston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

9
289 76
Fred Biletnikoff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

10
294 95
Sebastian Janikowski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Placekicker

11
210 65
Marvin Jones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

12
179 50
Terrell Buckley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

13
111 15
Jalen Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 13 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)

14
153 47
LeRoy Butler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

15
156 50
Walter Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Tackle

16
109 19
Peter Boulware is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
1512368937175 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
184 87
Chris Weinke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

18
73 11
Derwin James is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Marcus Page added Derwin James Safety

19
149 67
Ron Simmons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

20
102 49
Andre Wadsworth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end

21
139 70
Rashad Greene is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time

22
32 3
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added

23
55 10
Telvin Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
GlennPfeffer added Linebacker

24
56 23
Michael Boulware is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
1512368937175 added Safety, Defensive back -

Strongside Linebacker #6 All-Time Tackles with 377 

25
81 52
Greg Allen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Running back

26
76 50
Corey Simon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

27
34 9
Lamarcus Joyner is listed (or ranked) 27 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.

28
59 33
Lee Corso is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
1512368937175 added

He starred on both offense and defense on the football field leading the Seminoles in interceptions in 1954, rushing in 1955 and passing in 1956. He was the FSU career interception leader with 14 (Tied with Deion Sanders) until Monk Benasorte passed him.

29
130 102
Burt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Halfback

30
25 5
Xavier Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Cornerback

31
28 8
Timmy Jernigan is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
74 59
Ron Sellers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

33
80 59
Eddie Goldman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle

34
74 56
Snoop Minnis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

35
27 11
Demarcus Walker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Marcus Page added Demarcus Walker

36
61 51
Reinard Wilson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

37
36 21
E. G. Green is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
1512368937175 added E. G. Green Wide receiver -

ended his career with 166 receptions (6th on FSU's all-time list), 2920 yards (4th), and 29 touchdowns (2nd).

38
49 42
Corey Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Cornerback

39
56 52
Alex Barron is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Tackle

40
19 7
Kelvin Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added

41
14 3
Graham Gano is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Placekicker

42
12 3
Greg Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Running back, Fullback

43
46 44
Paul McGowan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

44
56 55
Jamal Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Defensive end, Defensive lineman

45
20 12
Javon Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
Marcus Page added Wide receiver

46
8 1
Leon Washington is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Running back, Return specialist

47
11 5
Nick O'Leary is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Nick O'leary

48
8 2
Laveranues Coles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Wide receiver

49
12 7
Bryan Stork is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ShawnRocheleau added Bryan Stork Center -

Super Bowl champion (XLIX)

BCS National Champion (2014)

ACC Champion (2012, 2013)

Consensus All-American (2013)

First-team All-ACC (2013)

50
7 2
Nigel Bradham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Florida State Football Players of All Time
ReShaunGroomes added Linebacker