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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.
list ordered by
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Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman
2
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Running back
3
Lorenzo White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Running back
4
Andre Rison is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
5
Morten Andersen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Placekicker
6
Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Quarterback
7
Jack Conklin is listed (or ranked) 7 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. 

8
Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
9
Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
10
Trae Waynes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added 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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George Webster is listed (or ranked) 11 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. 

12
T. J. Duckett is listed (or ranked) 12 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. 

13
Muhsin Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Wide receiver
14
Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
AlanNadeau added Wide receiver
15
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 15 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!

16
Flozell Adams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Tackle
17
Darqueze Dennard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
18
Brad Van Pelt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
19
Percy Snow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
20
Julian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
21
Keyshawn Martin is listed (or ranked) 21 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. 

22
Derrick Mason is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Jeremy Langford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
eddie-thomas added
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Shilique Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Shilique Calhoun
25
Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver