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

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

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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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Connor Cook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

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Andre Rison is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Andre Rison Wide receiver

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

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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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Percy Snow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Percy Snow Linebacker

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

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George Webster is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Flozell Adams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Flozell Adams Tackle

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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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Drew Stanton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Drew Stanton Quarterback

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Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Charles Rogers Wide receiver

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Shilique Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Shilique Calhoun

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Muhsin Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Muhsin Muhammad Wide receiver

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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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Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Joe DeLamielleure Offensive Lineman, Guard

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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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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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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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T. J. Duckett is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Chuck Bullough is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Chuck Bullough Linebacker

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Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Jack Conklin is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Greg Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Greg Jones Linebacker

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Trae Waynes is listed (or ranked) 34 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) 35 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) 36 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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Tico Duckett is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Clinton Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Bob Apisa is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Keyshawn Martin is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Domata Peko is listed (or ranked) 41 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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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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Jalen Watts-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Brian Lewerke is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Timothy Hayes added Brian Lewerke Quarterback

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L.J. Scott is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Timothy Hayes added L.J. Scott Running Back

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Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 47 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) 48 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Spartan Mike added Sherman Lewis Long-time NFL 

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Hugh Blacklock is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Mike Sadler is listed (or ranked) 50 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.....