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The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

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
    1
    Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Defensive lineman
    • Age: Died at 66 (1945-2011)
    • Teams: Baltimore Colts, Houston Oilers, Michigan State Spartans football, Oakland Raiders
  • Andre Rison
    2
    Wide receiver
    • Age: 55
    • Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Michigan State Spartans football, Oakland Raiders, Toronto Argonauts, Atlanta Falcons
  • Le'Veon Bell
    3
    Running back
    • Age: 30
    • Teams: Baltimore Ravens
  • Lorenzo White
    4
    Running back
    • Age: 56
  • Kirk Cousins
    5
    Quarterback
    • Age: 34
    • Teams: Minnesota Vikings
  • Plaxico Burress
    6
    Wide receiver
    • Age: 45
    • Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, New York Giants
  • Morten Andersen
    7
    Placekicker
    • Age: 62
    • Teams: New Orleans Saints, Michigan State Spartans football, Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings
  • Carl Banks
    8
    Linebacker
    • Age: 59
    • Teams: Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants
  • Percy Snow
    9
    Linebacker
    • Age: 54
  • 10

    Jack Conklin

    Offensive Tackle
    • Teams: Tennesee Titans

    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. 

  • Kirk Gibson
    11
    Wide receiver
    • Age: 65
    • Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers, Michigan State Spartans football

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

  • George Webster
    12
    Linebacker
    • Age: Dec. at 61 (1945-2007)

    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. 

  • Charles Rogers
    13
    Wide receiver
    • Age: 41
    • Teams: Detroit Lions
  • Darqueze Dennard
    14
    • Age: 30
    • Teams: San Francisco 49ers
  • Flozell Adams
    15
    • Age: 47
    • Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Michigan State Spartans football, Dallas Cowboys
  • Trae Waynes
    16
    Cornerback
    • Age: 30
    • Teams: Minnesota Vikings

    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.

  • Herb Adderley
    17
    Cornerback, Return specialist
    • Age: 83
  • Brad Van Pelt
    18
    Linebacker
    • Age: Dec. at 57 (1951-2009)
  • Earl Morrall
    19
    Punter, Quarterback
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1934-2014)
  • Julian Peterson
    21
    Linebacker
    • Age: 44
    • Teams: Detroit Lions
  • Connor Cook
    22
  • Mark Ingram, Sr.
    24
    Wide receiver
    • Age: 56
    • Teams: Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants
  • Drew Stanton
    25
    Quarterback
    • Age: 38
    • Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Michigan State Spartans football, Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, New York Jets