College Sports 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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1
557 155
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

2
367 99
Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman

3
418 136
Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

4
232 78
Lorenzo White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Running back

5
217 71
Morten Andersen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Placekicker

6
242 84
Andre Rison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

7
266 98
Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

8
172 59
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Wide receiver

9
151 49
Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

10
197 78
Darqueze Dennard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

11
106 31
Muhsin Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Wide receiver

12
135 49
Percy Snow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

13
55 7
George Webster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added 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. 

14
61 9
Jack Conklin is listed (or ranked) 14 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. 

15
116 40
Flozell Adams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Tackle

16
63 10
Trae Waynes is listed (or ranked) 16 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.

17
174 78
Jeremy Langford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
eddie-thomas added

18
68 12
T. J. Duckett is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Running back

Caught winning TD pass to beat M******* with one second on the clock. First-round draft choice of Atlanta Falcons. 

19
243 123
Connor Cook is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

20
121 46
Brad Van Pelt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker

21
58 9
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Wide receiver

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

22
141 62
Shilique Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Shilique Calhoun

23
143 66
Drew Stanton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback

24
142 66
Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver

25
109 44
Julian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker