NCAA The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time  

Ranker College Football
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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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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

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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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Lorenzo White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Lorenzo White Running back

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Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Plaxico Burress Wide receiver

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Morten Andersen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Morten Andersen Placekicker

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166 69
Andre Rison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Andre Rison Wide receiver

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

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Darqueze Dennard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

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100 37
Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Carl Banks Linebacker

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Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Mark Ingram, Sr. Wide receiver

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Drew Stanton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Drew Stanton Quarterback

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Jeremy Langford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
eddie-thomas added Jeremy Langford

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Percy Snow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Percy Snow Linebacker

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Flozell Adams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Flozell Adams Tackle

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Brad Van Pelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Brad Van Pelt Linebacker

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Muhsin Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Muhsin Muhammad Wide receiver

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

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Julian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Julian Peterson Linebacker

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T. J. Duckett is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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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Javon Ringer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Javon Ringer Running back

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Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Charles Rogers Wide receiver

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Earl Morrall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Earl Morrall Punter, Quarterback

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

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98 61
Brian Hoyer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Brian Hoyer Quarterback

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81 52
Tony Mandarich is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

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Billy Joe DuPree is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Billy Joe DuPree Tight end

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Tico Duckett is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 30 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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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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Mike Sadler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Mike Sadler Great punter in his years at MSU, but tragically died in a car accident a year after graduating.....

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Derrick Mason is listed (or ranked) 33 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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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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Keyshawn Martin is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Greg Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Greg Jones Linebacker

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Chuck Bullough is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Chuck Bullough Linebacker

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14 3
Jack Conklin is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Brian Lewerke is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Timothy Hayes added Brian Lewerke Quarterback

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Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Bennie Fowler is listed (or ranked) 41 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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L.J. Scott is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Timothy Hayes added L.J. Scott Running Back

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Bob Apisa is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Jalen Watts-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Jalen Watts-Jackson Cornerback - The fumbled M******* punt, the scoop, the weaving run, the score that made it "Fail to the Victors" - instant Spartan legend!

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Domata Peko is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Gene Washington Wide Receiver - Another star for the Spartans in the 1950s, before many college teams would even accept African-American players. National Chjaj

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Clinton Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 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!

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Sedrick Irvin is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Blair White is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Blair White Wide receiver - Originally a walk-on who went on to be a Wolverine killer and then a favorite target of Peyton Manning's in Indianapolis. Retired early to pursue a medical career. 

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Tyrone Willingham is listed (or ranked) 50 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.....