ncaa The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time  

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List Rules Upvote the best football players in Michigan State history. Vote based on each athlete's career at MSU only.

Michigan State is an athletic powerhouse and their football program is no exception. The Spartans have six national championships to their name as well as eight Big-10 conference championships.

Football is a team sport, but Michigan State has had some remarkable talent suit up for them over the years.

Who do you think is the best Michigan State Football player ever? Cast your votes for the best Spartans to ever play football at Michigan State and see who is truly the best.
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Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

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208 65
Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Bubba Smith Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

3
244 86
Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Kirk Cousins Quarterback

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164 64
Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Plaxico Burress Wide receiver

5
137 49
Lorenzo White is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Lorenzo White Running back

6
143 56
Andre Rison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Andre Rison Wide receiver

7
125 46
Morten Andersen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Morten Andersen Placekicker

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160 73
Connor Cook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

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83 30
Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Carl Banks Linebacker

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116 53
Darqueze Dennard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

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73 31
Percy Snow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Percy Snow Linebacker

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106 56
Jeremy Langford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
eddie-thomas added Jeremy Langford

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69 29
Flozell Adams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Flozell Adams Tackle

14
71 31
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Mark Ingram, Sr. Wide receiver

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72 32
Brad Van Pelt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Brad Van Pelt Linebacker

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87 45
Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Charles Rogers Wide receiver

17
68 32
Julian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Julian Peterson Linebacker

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86 47
Shilique Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Shilique Calhoun

19
66 33
Javon Ringer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Javon Ringer Running back

20
82 46
Drew Stanton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Drew Stanton Quarterback

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57 26
Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Joe DeLamielleure Offensive Lineman, Guard

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47 18
Muhsin Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Muhsin Muhammad Wide receiver

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55 28
Earl Morrall is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Earl Morrall Punter, Quarterback

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85 53
Brian Hoyer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Brian Hoyer Quarterback

25
52 26
Herb Adderley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Herb Adderley Cornerback, Return specialist

26
71 42
Tony Mandarich is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

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34 16
Billy Joe DuPree is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Billy Joe DuPree Tight end

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41 30
Chuck Bullough is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Chuck Bullough Linebacker

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34 29
Greg Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Greg Jones Linebacker

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Bennie Fowler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Bennie Fowler Wide Receiver - Great WR in Sparta who went on to catch Payton Manning's final career pass in the Super Bowl, for a 2 point conversion to ice the victory!

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Trae Waynes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Trae Waynes Cornerback - A lightly-regarded recruit out of Wisconsin that MSU coaches turned into an All-B1G CB and first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings.

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Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Gene Washington Another star for the Spartans when many teams wouldn't even accept African-American players. He went from blazing trails and winning National Championships at MSU to blazing past stunned DBs in his long NFL career! 

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Bob Apisa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Bob Apisa Fullback - Besides blazing trails for African-Americans, MSU also was the first football power to recruit Polynesian-Americans. Apisa was a powerful FB, Wolverine killer, and National Champion!

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George Webster is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added George Webster Linebacker - Often ranked as the greatest all-time player in Spartan history - he was able to play safety and linebacker. Health problems tragically cut his life short, but a true Spartan legend. 

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Jack Conklin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Jack Conklin Offensive Tackle - Originally a walk-on, MSU's coaches turned him into an All-American OT and a first-round draft pick and All-Pro for the Tennesee Titans. 

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Tico Duckett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Tico Duckett Running Back - Great Spartan running back!

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Sherman Lewis  is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Sherman Lewis  Quarterback - Star Spartan QB who went on to a great NFL coaching career!

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Keyshawn Martin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Keyshawn Martin Wide Receiver - Great WR/KR in Sparta has gone on to a prolific NFL career. 

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Hugh Blacklock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Hugh Blacklock Offensive Tackle/Defensive Tackle - An original member of the team that started the NFL, the 1920 Chicago Bears. Part of the 1925 Bears Red Grange tour that put the NFL on the map!

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Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Steve Garvey Wide Receiver - Before the Dodgers, he caught jump balls in Spartan Stadium!

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Sherman Lewis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Spartan Mike added Sherman Lewis Long-time NFL 

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Sedrick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Sedrick Irvin Running back - A dazzling RB for the Spartans, related to NFL great Michael Irvin and went on to the NFL himself. 

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3 0
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Gene Washington Wide receiver

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Tyrone Willingham is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Tyrone Willingham Quarterback, Wide receiver - He starred as a QB when other teams wouldn't even give African-Americans a chance.....

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T. J. Duckett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added T. J. Duckett Running back - Caught winning TD pass to beat M******* with one second on the clock. First-round draft choice of Atlanta Falcons. 

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Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Kirk Gibson Wide receiver - All B1G WR for the Spartans before becoming a baseball legend!

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Willie Thrower is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Willie Thrower Quarterback -  Led MSU to one of their six National Championships when many college teams wouldn't even let African-Americans play. He went on to be the first African-American QB in the NFL with the Chicago Bears. 

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Domata Peko is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Domata Peko Defensive tackle - Long-time NFL nose tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals and Denver Broncos

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Derrick Mason is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Derrick Mason Only player in NFL history with more than 10000 receiving yards and 5000 return yards. 2 time All-Pro. Was a kick returner par excellence for Sparta before his distinguished NFL career.

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Clinton Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Clinton Jones Running back - Starred at RB for 2-time National Champion Spartans, including in the "Greatest Game Every Played" against Notre Dame!