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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.
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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
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Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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Lorenzo White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Running back
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Morten Andersen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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Kirk Cousins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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Andre Rison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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George Webster is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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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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Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
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Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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Jack Conklin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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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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Trae Waynes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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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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Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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Wide receiver

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

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Darqueze Dennard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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Flozell Adams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Tackle
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Percy Snow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Linebacker
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Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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Brad Van Pelt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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Derrick Mason is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Muhsin Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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T. J. Duckett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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Running Back

Great Spartan running back!

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Julian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Julian Peterson
Linebacker
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Charles Rogers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver
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Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Samurai Mike added
Wide Receiver

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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Shilique Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
Shilique Calhoun
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Jeremy Langford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time
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