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The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time 

Ranker College Football
Updated April 21, 2020 11.6k votes 1.6k voters 29.4k views 54 items

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
Running back from Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Age: 23

Teams: New York Jets

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2
Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Orange, Texas, USA

Age: Dec. at 66 (1945-2011)

Teams: Baltimore Colts, Houston Oilers, Michigan State Spartans football, Oakland Raiders

3
Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Barrington, Illinois

Age: 27

Teams: Minnesota Vikings

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

Age: 49

5
Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
6
Andre Rison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Flint, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 48

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Michigan State Spartans football, Oakland Raiders, Toronto Argonauts, Atlanta Falcons, + more

7
Morten Andersen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Placekicker from Copenhagen, Denmark

Age: 55

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Michigan State Spartans football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, + more

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

Age: 22

Teams: Michigan State Spartans football

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

Age: 24

Teams: Michigan State Spartans football

10
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Mark Ingram, Sr. Wide receiver from Gaston, North Carolina

Age: 50

Teams: Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

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11
Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Carl Banks Linebacker from Flint, Michigan

Age: 53

Teams: Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants

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

Age: 27

Teams: Michigan State Spartans football

13
Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 34

Teams: Detroit Lions

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

Age: 48

15
Shilique Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Shilique Calhoun

Age: 23

Teams: Michigan State Spartans football

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

Age: Died at 58 (1951-2009)

17
Flozell Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Tackle from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 40

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Michigan State Spartans football, Dallas Cowboys

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

Age: 31

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Michigan State Spartans football, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, New York Jets

19
Trae Waynes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added

Teams: Minnesota Vikings

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.

20
Julian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Julian Peterson Linebacker from Hillcrest Heights, Maryland

Age: 40

Teams: Detroit Lions

21
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Wide receiver from Pontiac, Michigan, United States of America

Age: 61

Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers, Michigan State Spartans football

All B1G WR for the Spartans before becoming a baseball legend!

22
Tony Mandarich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

Age: 49

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Michigan State Spartans football, Green Bay Packers

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23
Muhsin Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Muhsin Muhammad Wide receiver from Lansing, Michigan

Age: 42

Teams: Carolina Panthers

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24
Jack Conklin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Jack Conklin

Teams: Tennesee Titans

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. 

25
Javon Ringer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Running back from Dayton, Ohio

Age: 28

Teams: Tennessee Titans