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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324 108
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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180 70
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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111 40
Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Carl Banks Linebacker

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

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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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Drew Stanton is listed (or ranked) 13 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) 14 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
eddie-thomas added Jeremy Langford

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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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Julian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Julian Peterson Linebacker

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108 59
Shilique Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Shilique Calhoun

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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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Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Charles Rogers Wide receiver

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Joe DeLamielleure is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Javon Ringer Running back

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Herb Adderley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Herb Adderley Cornerback, Return specialist

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Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Earl Morrall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Earl Morrall Punter, Quarterback

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104 65
Brian Hoyer is listed (or ranked) 27 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) 28 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

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George Webster is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Billy Joe DuPree is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Billy Joe DuPree Tight end

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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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Tico Duckett is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Chuck Bullough is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Chuck Bullough Linebacker

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20 6
Keyshawn Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 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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15 4
Bennie Fowler is listed (or ranked) 35 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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15 4
Mike Sadler is listed (or ranked) 36 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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16 5
L.J. Scott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Timothy Hayes added L.J. Scott Running Back

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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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Greg Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Greg Jones Linebacker

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Derrick Mason is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Brian Lewerke is listed (or ranked) 42 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) 43 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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11 4
Bob Apisa is listed (or ranked) 44 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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11 4
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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11 4
Blair White is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Jalen Watts-Jackson is listed (or ranked) 47 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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Tyrone Willingham is listed (or ranked) 48 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.....

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10 4
Clinton Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Willie Thrower is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added Willie Thrower Quarterback -  Led MSU to one of their six National Championships when many college teams wouldn't even let African-Americans play. He went on to be the first African-American QB in the NFL with the Chicago Bears.