Football 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
574 163
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
2
382 102
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
431 141
Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
4
243 79
Lorenzo White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Running back
5
253 85
Andre Rison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
6
225 72
Morten Andersen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Placekicker
7
277 100
Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
8
209 78
Darqueze Dennard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
9
157 50
Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
10
177 64
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Wide receiver
11
68 9
Jack Conklin is listed (or ranked) 11 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. 

12
141 49
Percy Snow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
13
64 9
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 13 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!

14
122 40
Flozell Adams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Tackle
15
109 33
Muhsin Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Wide receiver
16
127 46
Brad Van Pelt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
17
180 80
Jeremy Langford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
eddie-thomas added
18
253 127
Connor Cook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
19
69 12
Trae Waynes is listed (or ranked) 19 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.

20
73 14
T. J. Duckett is listed (or ranked) 20 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. 

21
59 9
George Webster is listed (or ranked) 21 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. 

22
142 63
Shilique Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Shilique Calhoun
23
113 44
Julian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
24
146 66
Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
25
145 69
Drew Stanton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback